GradImpact: Examining the Effects of Post-War Displacement on Women and Children

    Monica Burney, a master’s degree alum in history at Eastern Illinois University, was recently awarded the 2019 Robert and Kathryn Augustine Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for her work, “The Meaning of a Woman's Work: Refugees, Statelessness, Nationality, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1918-1931.” Burney’s thesis examines “how the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) sought to influence how the League of Nations approached questions of nationality and statelessness between 1918 and 1931.”


    First as an undergraduate and later as a graduate student at EIU, Burney participated in its Living History Program. This project was started in 1989 to underscore the contributions of women in the past and to inspire interest in women’s history by portraying women in history at local elementary schools. "Through this program children are introduced to some of the captivating women who had a hand in creating the world today,” Burney said. “This new knowledge helps to inspire children to embrace their individuality and to make a difference."


    Burney was named a 2018 Hamand Scholar for her achievements in both scholarship and service that have impact on the discipline and in the community. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in library sciences and hopes to then work in an academic library. To learn more about Monica’s work, visit the Eastern Illinois University website.


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    Photo Credit: Bev Cruse/EIU




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