2021 Award Winners
First Prize: Aakshi Agarwal, Pauli Murray College- Center
Second Prize: Trinidad Kechkian, Pierson College- Right
Honorary Mention: Angela Xiao, Jonathan Edwards College- Left
Senior essays submitted for consideration for the Applebaum Award must be based in some part on research material within one of the following collections in Yale University Library's government documents collections:
Harvey M. Applebaum, class of 1959, is a senior counsel, specializing in international trade and antitrust law, with the Washington firm of Covington & Burling LLP and a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Alumni Magazine board.
2020 (first prize): William Horvath (Berkeley College, History) - "The 1950s “War on Narcotics”: Harry Anslinger, The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and Senator Price Daniel’s Probe"
2020 (second prize): Stephanie N. Higginson (Morse College, History) - "Against Executive-Controlled Administrative Law Judges"
2019 (first prize): Pascale Bronder (Grace Hopper College, Environmental Studies)
2019 (second prize): Seamus C. Joyce-Johnson (Silliman College, History)
2018 (second prize): Monica Wang (Trumbull College, History)
2017 (first prize): Max L.B. Cook (Morse College, History)
Influence and Effectiveness in the Years of Upheaval: Winston Lord and the Policy Planning Staff from 1973 to 1977
2017 (second prize, tie): Sarah D. Kim (Jonathan Edwards College, History)
Of a Healthy Constitution: Socialized Medicine Between the Triumphs of Social Security and Medicare
2016 (first prize):Colleen Flynn, Timothy Dwight College
Treading the Path of Least Resistance: FDA's Regulation of the Subtherapeutic Use of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture, 1970-2015
2016 (second prize, tie):Devon Geyelin, Trumbull College
The Re-Recruit: A Family History of American Media and the CIA in the First Decades of the Cold War
2016 (second prize, tie): Julie Lowenstein, Trumbull College
U.S. Foreign Policy and the Soviet-Afghan War: A Revisionist History
2015 (first prize): Anirudh Sivaram, Calhoun College.
The President’s Wartime Detention Authority: What History Teaches Us.
2015 (second prize): Anna "Nina" Russell, Timothy Dwight College.
Moving the Needle: How Transparency Could Lower Costs and Improve Quality in United States Hospitals.
2014: Nicole Hobbs, Ezra Stiles College.
The UN and the Congo Crisis of 1960.
2013: Tom Stanley-Becker, Calhoun College.
Strange Bedfellows: Business, Labor, Guest Workers, and Immigration Reform in the United States, 1986-2013.
2012 (first prize): Conor Crawford, Calhoun College.
"Missionaries of Ordered Liberty": U.S. Colonial Sponsorship of Self-Government in the Wake of the Spanish-American War, 1899-1904.
2012 (first prize): Christopher Lee, Branford College.
Cease or Persist? Gene Patents and the Clinical Diagnostics Dilemma.
2011: Alison Weiner, Davenport College.
Yielding to Reality: Examining the Rise of a Strong "Chief of Staff" in the Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton Administrations.
2011 (second prize): George Bogden, Silliman College.
Refugees, Statecraft, and Legitimacy: Forced Migration and Foreign Policy in the 1991 Kurdish Refugee Crisis.
2010: Habib Moody, Ezra Stiles College.
Estimating the Returns to Expenditures in Canadian Elections: Evidence from a Regression-Discontinuity Design.
2010 (second prize): Avi Kupfer, Pierson College.
“The Dictates of Sound Policy”: Contending with the Western Indians under the New American Constitution.
2009: Lauren Harrison, Ezra Stiles College.
Of Rice and Riots: The Effect of Food Price Increases on Political Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa.
2008: Stephen Fowler, Ezra Stiles College.
Crisis and Compromise: Carter Glass, Henry Steagall, and the Story of the Banking Act of 1933.