Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2017

Capstone Advisor

Mark Rupert

Honors Reader

Joan Bryant

Capstone Major

Political Science

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Political Science


In the 2016-2017 academic year, I researched the transnational advocacy campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which was created in response to the kidnapping of 276 girls from Chibok, Nigeria by the Boko Haram. Boko Haram has committed many atrocities from 2011 to the present. However, the broader humanitarian crisis did not receive nearly as much attention as the kidnappings of the Chibok girls. Therefore, we must ask, why this is the case

This thesis contributes to the literature by introducing a theory of event adoption to describe the relationship between an event-based advocacy campaign and Transnational Advocacy Networks. My research seeks to understand how the campaign was able to gain international support and leverage pressure on the Nigerian government. To do this, I explored factors related to the Chibok kidnappings and the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign. I researched transnational advocacy literature, digital activism, and the Global War on Terror to explore the relationship between the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and Transnational Advocacy Networks.

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