Bragging Rights: Student Wins Graduate Research Award

Posted: March 31, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Susan Llewellyn, a master’s student in American history, won the Visiting Scholar Award for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Ninth Annual Graduate Research Symposium held at the College of William & Mary on March 26-27.

Llewellyn’s area of interest is Atlantic history, specifically England in the 16th and 17th centuries and Colonial America. She presented a paper at the conference titled “Competing for Power: An Examination of Motivations Behind Changes in Women’s Property Rights in Colonial Virginia.” Her advisors were professors Joan Bristol and Kathy McGill.

In her paper, Llewellyn looked at colonial wills to find that while women did experience the greatest losses in terms of inheritance bequests, the underlying issues were men’s desire to express generational values and protect their children from unscrupulous stepfathers in an age when life expectancy was short and blended families were common.

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