William Ziegelbauer is receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History with minors in Art and Developing World: Korean Studies. Following graduation, he plans to work for an international law firm in New York City while continuing to cultivate his Korean language and empirical research skills through graduate courses. William has been involved in a great variety of activities on campus, both extracurricular and academic, and would ultimately like to put his broad interests to work in a developmental aid organization or program. To reach this goal, he hopes to continue his research in Korean studies and to return there after gaining some work experience to focus on intensive language training. He would then like to attend a joint law and developmental economics program where he could gain the skill necessary to help empower those in East Asia and around the world who are suffering. William would like to give special thanks to Dr. William Conlogue, Ms. Christina Elvidge, Dr. Frederick Fagal, and Sr. Margaret Gannon for all their guidance and help—not only with the development of this thesis, but with the his personal and intellectual development throughout his college career. He would also like to thank his family and friends for their love and support as he pursued his ever-evolving academic interests.
Director: Sr. Margaret Gannon
Reader: Dr. William Conlogue
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An inspection of the life and work of Mary F. B. Scranton, one of the first Methodist missionaries to travel to Korea, reveals just how momentous her contribution, and those of her contemporaries, was to that country. Yet extant research into the activities of early Protestant missionaries in Korea has had a lopsided focus on the accomplishment of the often outspoken male missionaries of the time, which has obscured the less celebrated work of the women. By examining the writings of Mary F. B. Scranton and her fellow missionaries in the context of the tumultuous period of transition for Korea at the close of the 19th Century, this paper attempts to delineate concretely and examine the accomplishments of the female Protestant missionaries within the country. Though the male missionaries' accomplishments in Korea were more noted at the time, the female missionaries deserve recognition for having quietly laid the foundations of women's rights and education in a country where women had previously been treated as property, barred from schooling, and largely confined to their homes.
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