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Dr. Wendy Chmielewski wins a Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Chmielewski holding her award beside Sarah Koopman, '93, Assistant Professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State, being photographed by Lee Smithey. Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College.

Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Chmielewski upon receiving the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace History Society for outstanding service to the Society and for exemplary scholarship.

In addition to her substantive service to the PHS, having served as President, Vice President, Board and committee member, Dr. Chmielewski’s scholarship is extensive. She has published on the topics of women’s peace activism, political activity, and diplomacy from the 19th through the 21st centuries and has presented her work at conferences in the United States, the UK, and Turkey.

Her current projects include a monograph with Jill Norgren on women who campaigned for political office before they could vote, and a digital database of the biographical records of nearly 4000 US women who ran for public office before 1920 - a crucial contribution to future generations of peace researchers.

As the George Cooley Curator at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Wendy has expanded and preserved the archive's manuscript collections, won grants to digitize audio-visual recordings on women's peace activism, the anti-nuclear movement, and the movement against the Vietnam War, and developed websites, databases, and an award-winning research guide.

"It is hard to imagine how the field of Peace History would even exist without the work she has done to make material on the history of the peace movement accessible to scholars and students, and provide a welcoming place to condut research and make connections with others in the field." -- Deborah Buffton, past president of the Peace History Society.