Howard J. Baumgartel Peace & Justice Award Recipients

Corinne Schwarz, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2016)


In her dissertation, “Challenging Notions of the ‘Ideal Victim’: Identifying and Stereotyping Human Trafficking in Rural Kansas and Missouri,” Corinne is examining an aspect of human trafficking that is often overlooked in the literature: “the role of rural communities in larger trafficking networks and anti-trafficking policy efforts.”  Through her research in Kansas and Missouri, Corrine aims to explore community responses to human trafficking in these understudied regions.  The larger goal of Corinne’s research is to broaden the narrative about human trafficking by integrating the rural voices that are often neglected in a body of research that focuses largely on urban communities.  For the first round of her research, Corinne will be traveling to counties in Missouri and Kansas where she will observe processes and interview individuals at organizations that provide services for trafficked persons.

Angela Murphy, English (2015)


Angela’s research focuses on the rhetoric employed in social movements in non-Western democracies. She will spend two weeks in Senegal, West Africa conducting a series of interviews with individuals working in non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations that promote gender equity, health initiatives, and environmental outreach efforts. These interviews will allow Angela to address a gap in the literature on the rhetoric of social movements: how communicative strategies are employed and experienced by community members engaged in social change efforts. She will pair what she learns in the interviews with related social advocacy documents to construct a more robust understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and social change efforts.

Amanda Schlumpberger, History (2013)

Laura Dean, Political Science (2012)

Tuğçe Kurtiş, Psychology (2011)

Kenneth Aikins, Political Science (2010)

Heather Putnam, Geography (2009)

Hilary Hungerford, Geography (2008)


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