My Honors project seeks to illuminate the relationship between geopolitics and civil liberties by testing the theory that progressive urban areas are more likely than other localities to protect and support civil liberties. Specifically, I will examine whether members of Congress representing a progressive urban constituency were more or less likely to vote in favor of restricting or expanding civil liberties in the wake of controversial Supreme Court decisions like Roe v. Wade (1971); Goldman v. Weinberger (1985); Texas v. Johnson (1988); and Employment Division v. Smith (1989).
The Honors Fellowship offers me the financial and faculty support necessary to make substantial progress on my Honors research this summer, laying the foundation for more intensive research in the next academic year.
Hometown: Sumerduck, Virginia
Future Plans: After graduation, I plan to attend law school and pursue a legal career somewhere in the public sector.
Hobbies: Photography, Reading, Watching West Wing re-runs
Fun Fact: I play the piano and the violin.
Follow Tanner’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!