Each year, the Curriculum in Global Studies presents the Douglas Eyre Award for Excellence to the Global Studies major who produces the best senior honors thesis. We are proud to recognize Aisha Jitan as this year’s recipient of the Eyre Award.
Aisha’s thesis, New Becomings in the Aftermath of Destruction: The Untold Stores of Syrian Women in Zaatari Refugee Camp, was universally lauded for its overall significance and dynamic fieldwork. Her analysis provides a nuanced understanding of the lived Syrian refugee experience, the opportunities and challenges that foreign aid offers to women of the Zaatari camp, and the possibilities that lie ahead for these women and their families. Aisha was supported in her thesis project by her advisor Dr. Elyse Crystall and reader Dr. Juliane Hammer.