This year’s journal was made possible with the help of many individuals. The Political Science Department’s Direc-tor of Undergraduate Studies Professor Joshua Kaplan servesas the faculty advisor for Beyond Politics. Professor Kaplan’sactive guidance and support is the reason this journal existstoday. We would also like to thank Political Science Depart-ment’s Director of Internships and Associate Director of Un-dergraduate Studies Professor Carolina Arroyo for her contin-ued dedication and encouragement.Beyond Politics would like to express our appreciationfor the institutional endorsement provided by Political Sci-ence Department Chair Professor Michael Desch. Without hiswillingness to work with us, this journal would not be possi-ble. Alongside Professor Desch we would like to express our gratitude to Professor Cecelia Lucero for her enthusiasm andcommitment to our project.Our funding was made possible through the generosityof the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), theCenter for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), andthe Department of Political Science. Without the encourage-ment and support for the excellent undergraduate work wepublish, Beyond Politics would not be a reality today. Lastly,we would like to thank all of the undergraduates who bravelysubmitted their work for publication in Beyond Politics. Aspecial thanks also to Juliana Hoffelder, our student cover art-ist and Executive Editor.