Jaimie Kent, who earned her master’s degree in political science in May 2017, is the winner of Fisher Thesis Competition (Group B, social sciences) of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kent’s thesis is titled “Rights of Nature and the Political Implications of Post-Humanist Ecologies.” Her study analyzes legal frameworks that recognize “nature,” or nonhuman things in “nature,” as rights-bearing entities and explores the political implications of these right of nature laws.

Describing her thesis, Jaimie’s nominators have written that her research “reflects an intellectually curious mind and a creative approach to problem-solving uncommon to many students at the master’s level” and that it “not only has scholarly merit, but also vital contemporary relevance.”

Kent’s nomination has been forwarded to compete at the university level with other college level recipients.