Andrew Ifedapo Thompson is a senior studying political science and philosophy at Marquette University where he is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) participant, and honors student. He is the president of the Philosophy Club, the founder and co-president of the Marquette Undergraduate Humanities Conference, and has been selected for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts and Sciences for four consecutive semesters. Upon completing his undergraduate degree he plans to pursue a political science PhD focusing on international relations or political theory. His current research interests for graduate study focus on state sovereignty, recognition, territorial rights and colonialism. Upon completion of his doctoral degree, he hopes to earn a tenure-track position at a Research I institution. The intersection of teaching, research, and scholarship in this position will allow Thompson the ability to engage with talented young minds and the academy at large.