Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis/Colloquium-Issa '19

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Each Bosque senior undertakes a year-long independent research project and delivers his or her findings in a twenty-page research essay as well as in the public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 15 and 16, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into student researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Issa ’19

How has Donald Trump polarized United States citizens using his rhetoric on immigration?
Thesis Synopsis:
Issa’s thesis grapples with the historical and ideological factors that contributed to the rise of Donald Trump and his rigid stance on immigration. In arguing that the American public has been manipulated and polarized by Donald Trump’s fear narrative concerning immigrants, Issa’s thesis stresses the need to find middle ground and compromise in American politics.

Researcher Bio:
Issa enjoys English and history classes, and especially her course on International Relations. She received the National Youth Philanthropy Award for 2018 for her work as co-leader of Bosque's Women's Empowerment League service group. Over the past summer, Issa's internship for Deb Haaland's campaign for Congress helped develop her passion for politics. She plans to study Political Science at Bryn Mawr College next year.