Political economy major Connor Lambert ’22 was a runner-up in last year’s John Quincy Adams Society’s student foreign policy essay contest. The 2021 competition is currently underway and open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students attending institutions in the United States.
Published in The National Interest in April 2020, Lambert’s essay addresses the ability of a U.S. President to initiate military force abroad without Congressional authorization. He says his advisor Prof. Stephen Ceccoli told him about the contest and helped him research his topic.
“One of my favorite things about the political economy major is its interdisciplinary nature. I’ve enjoyed being able to pursue my academic passions across departments,” says Lambert. “Professors Ceccoli, Collins, Sciubba, Wirls, and Cullen all have provided invaluable guidance in their courses.”
Lambert, who plans to pursue a career in public policy or law, ran for a position on the Board of Aldermen in Collierville, TN, the fall of 2020.
“I was the youngest candidate to seek elected office in Collierville. I ran on issues centered around helping local businesses survive the pandemic and bringing attention to racial injustice,” he says. “I learned a lot of lessons running a campaign, and it was even more enlightening during a pandemic. Although I didn’t win, I am only more determined to continue to serve our community.”