Uxa Wins 2015 IR Thesis Award for Paper on Post-Conflict Justice in Africa

| May 6, 2015

Molly Uxa (MA ’14) has won the 2015 Award for Best Graduate Thesis in International Relations, as determined through nominations and review from IR department heads across the Webster network.

Uxa earned her Global Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster in 2014. Her thesis was titled “Post-Conflict Justice: Discovering Truth and Fostering Reconciliation in South Africa, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.”

The International Relations program gives the annual thesis award to the student who produces the best graduate thesis in the field. Theses are nominated by IR department heads from across Webster’s global network of campuses, and a committee of three faculty members reviews the nominations. Submissions are evaluated according to the originality of the thesis, the quality of the writing, the extent and strength of the thesis’s engagement with theoretical literature, the work’s methodological rigor, and the thesis’s contribution to the discipline.

The award has been on hiatus since 2013, so this year’s award honors Uxa’s work as the best of submissions from 2012-14. Uxa’s classmate, Elizabeth Reynolds, received honorable mention for her thesis, “Oil and Political Stability in Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa.”

“Both theses were of exceptional quality and made an original contribution to the scholarship,” said Robert Barnidge, chair of this year’s thesis committee. “They reflected themes of critical global importance, befitting a global university such as Webster.”

This post originally appeared in Global Thinking.

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