International Relations Capstone (awarded with distinction)

I wrote a thesis regarding the demilitarization of the Brazilian and Argentine nuclear programs, and the scientific community’s role in the process.


The ABACC nuclear agreement between Argentina and Brazil was an unprecedented quadripartite agreement between Argentina, Brazil, the International Atomic Energy Association and the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials that enabled the first denuclearization regime. The agreement was formed under democratic governments and hailed as a model for denuclearization in other regions of the world. My research question is: Under what conditions did this denuclearization occur? I argue that the factors of democratization that many observers and scholars attribute as the key to denuclearization play a role in the process of denuclearization, yet the agreement’s foundation came as a result of the transnational relations among the epistemic communities of Argentine and Brazilian scientists during periods of authoritarianism and regime transition from approximately 1964 to 1984. Under this idea, I perform a comparative case study that analyzes primary written and verbal communications of transnational epistemic communities in Argentina and Brazil where scientists created discourses of cooperation under authoritarianism that ultimately led to the ABACC agreement. I then provide a discussion regarding epistemic communities and their role in nuclear talks for future denuclearization efforts.

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Public Relations Campaigns Capstone

I worked with a team of four to develop a public relations campaign for a local nonprofit in Syracuse, NY.

Executive Summary:

Sunset Public Relations is currently working with the Near Westside Initiative of Syracuse, a non-profit organization who promotes community engagement and advocates for local art, technology and innovation. Sunset has designed a community awareness campaign to promote interactivity between members of Syracuse University and those residing in the Near Westside of Syracuse. This campaign primarily targets students, professors, faculty members with a secondary public of local Syracuse residents. Transportation to and from the neighborhoods within the Near Westside will play a crucial role in raising awareness about civic activities to all publics.

The goals of this campaign are to foster engagement opportunities and increase permanent organizational stability for the Near Westside Initiative. This campaign will be in effect throughout the 2016 academic year. The estimated cost for running this campaign is roughly $800.00. This amount should vary accordingly if material production amounts are altered from those set forth in this document. With a primary focus on University community members, this campaign will focus on impacting collaboration, physical integration, academic expansion, and online interactivity. Such goals are strategized with a focus on creating a community dialogue, establishing opportunities for volunteering and advocacy and developing learning agendas based in civic activism. Many tactics discussed throughout this campaign take the form of print mediums, online forums and a variety of multimodal conversation platforms.

Evaluations for this campaign will take place throughout the evolution of its implementation, as well as at the final stage. After all campaign products and projects have been created distributed and discussed, the effectiveness should be judged with a survey. This comprehensive survey of students and professors will be similar to previous research surveys used for The Near Westside of Syracuse in order to compare changes in engagement and awareness. The implementation of this campaign will create mutually beneficial relationships for many people across the Syracuse, and will help to spread communal bonds to University Community members and residents of The Near Westside Community alike. The entire campaign is united by the campaign slogan “Campus to Community.”