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Kyle Faltin

Kyle Faltin, Bio, Research MentorKyle Faltin, Bio, Research Mentor, TRiO McNair Scholar, Internship, Research

Attending: SUNY University of Albany, Ph.D. Political Science


Acknowledgement to Mentor: I would like to thank Dr. Thomas Hawley for his willingness and ability to guide my intellectual pursuits during my McNair Summer Research Project, and his commitment to the quality of the final product.




Kyle Faltin was born and spent eight years of his life in Everett, WA. After entering foster care, he spent the next ten years of his life moving to various foster homes in King and Snohomish counties in western Washington. He was motivated by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and determined to show people that one’s past need not determine one’s future. While in high school, Kyle was known for spending much of his spare time in the library learning or in classrooms assisting and learning from teachers who were also mentors. He aged out of foster care and graduated from Kent Meridian H.S. in 2009. That fall, he enrolled in Eastern Washington University where he discovered his undying interest in political science. With Government with a pre law option as his major, Kyle hopes to earn a PhD in political science, specifically American and comparative politics. His ultimate goal is to study and write about corporate influence enough to where the politics of corporations will one day become its own subfield in political science.


Dr. Thomas Hawley, Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Government, EWU


TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________

Corporate Influence on American Democracy (2012)

The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent of corporate influence on American democracy and, more specifically, the American democratic process. The paper will begin by establishing a democratic framework with which to judge whether or not and to what extent corporate influence perverts American democracy. Three corporate entities, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Koch Industries, will serve as case studies in order to ascertain the amount of influence they are permitted to exert on the decisions of the United States federal government. Next, the role of national identity as it relates to false consciousness will be examined in order to display the manner in which corporations pacify and influence public opinion in order to perpetuate their ability to exploit the general public and advance their economic interests. Lastly, this paper will conclude by suggesting what can be done in order to limit or eliminate the undue influence corporate entities and other moneyed interests have on American governance.  Ultimately, this paper is part of a larger effort to explore the nature and future of democracy and capitalism in America and, more specifically, whether they can coexist peacefully without interfering with one another.


Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________

Corporate Influence on American Democracy,

  • 16th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium (2013)
  • 21st Annual National Ronald E. McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair (2012)


Honors and Awards:____________________________________________________________________

  • Ronald E. McNair PostBaccalaureate Achievement Program, Federally-funded research-oriented undergraduate program with the goal of increasing the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society (2012)
  • Dean's List, Students achieve honor roll if they maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and complete at least 12 credits each quarter.Eastern Washington University (Fall 2012, Winter 2013)
  • Passport Scholar
  • Achiever's Scholar


Graduate School Acceptances:______________________________________________________________

Kent State University, Ph.D. Political Science

Louisiana State University, M.A. Political Science

Miami University of Ohio, M.A. Political Science

SUNY University of Albany, Ph.D.  Political Science



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