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Nov. 17, 2003 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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Marshall Scholarship awarded to recent graduate


Margaret Hagan


Recent University of Chicago graduate Margaret Hagan is one of only 40 students nationwide to have been awarded the prestigious British Marshall Scholarship. Hagan’s award brings Chicago’s total number of Marshall scholars to 17.

Hagan will use her scholarship, which will provide full-tuition and a living stipend for the next two years, to study political science and peace and conflict resolution at either Queen’s University or the University of Ulster, both in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Hagan, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, will build off her current research in Hungary, where she is evaluating the effectiveness of national and international humanitarian groups in post-Milosevic Serbia. In Northern Ireland, Hagan will examine the role humanitarian groups have played in resolving that conflict.

The former president of Chicago’s chapter of Amnesty International, Hagan eventually plans to pursue a career in human rights. Though she’s not yet certain of the role she’ll play within the profession – whether it be as an attorney, academic consultant, or as an activist – Hagan is particularly interested in two issues: war crime prosecution and minority rights protection.

A native of Pittsburgh, Hagan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 2003. She was a 2002 Student Marshal, the highest academic honor that the University of Chicago gives to its undergraduates and she was the winner of the 2003 Ignacio Martin-Barro award for writing the best undergraduate essay related to human rights. Hagan was also active in numerous extracurricular activities at Chicago: she was the managing editor of Lepitr Masna, a Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian literary journal; she contributed to the Chicago Maroon, a campus newspaper, and she directed Loose Roots, a traditional Korean drumming group.

Victor Friedman, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Slavic Languages and Literature at Chicago, said Hagan is among the top students he has had in nearly 30 years of teaching. In recommending Hagan to the Marshall committee, Friedman, a Yugoslav expert, and former policy analyst for the United Nations, also praised the importance of Hagan’s proposed research. “I very much appreciate both the significance of the comparative study she proposes and her ability to do first-rate research,” Friedman wrote, “Ms. Hagan will be a real credit to those who support her work.”

The British Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic scholarships, was founded by Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorates the humane ideals of the European Recovery Programme (Marshall Plan). The scholarship is funded by the British Government and encourages long-lasting ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. The scholarship provides full-tuition and a living stipend to 40 Americans for two years of study in any field at any British university.
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