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Behind the Scenes Tour of Princeton's Theses

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Notable Theses

Senior Theses lined up for exhibit. Historical Photograph Collection, AC112, MP012, Image 765


  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ’72 : “An Introduction to the Italian Constitutional Court.”
  • Editor of The New Yorker David Remnick ’81 : “The Sympathetic Thread: ‘Leaves of Grass’ 1855-1865.”
  • Former First Lady and health and community affairs executive Michelle Robinson Obama ’85 : “Princeton Educated Blacks and the Black Community.”
  • Political blogger and Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall ’91 : “Virginia During the Nullification Crisis.”
  • Executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Angela Ramirez ’97 : “Acceptance of Differences in the National Origin and Race in Public Policy: Passage of the 1965 Immigration Act.”
  • San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young ’02 : “The Integration of Professional Baseball and Racial Attitudes in America: A Study in Stereotype Change.”
  • U.S. Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz ’92: “Clipping the Wings of Angels: The History and Theory behind the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.”

Fun Facts

  • Whose thesis has the most pages?  This honor belongs to Jeanne Faust ’76. Her thesis titled, “Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald ’17: A Collection of Short Stories” contains 756 pages!
  • The shortest thesis is three pages and belongs to Gianluca Tempesti ’89. His thesis “Overview Opto-Electronic Integrated Circuits” consists of a technical drawing and explanation of something invented by the student, so unlike a humanities thesis, the work is not in the writing but in the creation.
  • There are a number of theses that are commonly viewed and requested, which we detail here.
  • Did you know...Students retain the copyright to their thesis!

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