Honors Fellowships

Ani-Rae Lovell

Name: Ani-Rae Lovell
Title of Project:
Deference or Defiance: State Court Treatment of Blaine Amendments
Christine Nemacheck
Honors Department: Interdisciplinary Studies

My thesis will examine the relationship between several Supreme Court Establishment Clause decisions and later state court treatment of similar programs. In particular, I am interested in finding out how state Blaine Amendments affect state high courts’ religious liberties decisions concerning school programs.

The Honors Felloship will allow me to dedicate time to locating, coding, and analyzing state court decisions. The fellowship is vital financial support that will allow me to pursue my thesis research.

Hometown: Bailey, Colorado
Majors: Government; Language and Law
Future Plans: After I graduate, I plan on attending law school.
Campus Activities: I am president of the W&M Debate Team and an editor of the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. I am also a consultant at the College’s Writing Resources Center.
Hobbies: I like trying new restaurants and types of food, traveling, and baking.
Fun Fact: Last winter break, I spent hours waiting in line to hear oral argument at the Supreme Court.

Follow Ani-Rae’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!