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Michael Pelle Wins Holsti Prize for Honors Thesis

November 8, 2016
Michael Pelle

Sanford alumus Michael Pelle PPS’16 won the Ole Holsti Prize, the Duke University Libraries award for excellence in undergraduate research using primary sources for political science or public policy. He received the award and the $1,000 cash prize for the best undergraduate thesis written for Graduation for Distinction at a ceremony on Nov. 4. His public policy honors thesis, “Racial Framing and Public Support for Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement” examined the influence of race on public policy in the issue of voting and gun rights for ex-felons. His research showed that white people became more likely to support these policies when they learned that it disproportionately affected black people. Assistant Professor Deondra Rose was his thesis advisor.