Dr. Sarah Gendron honored with Way Klingler Fellowship Award

Dr. Sarah Gendron is an associate professor of French in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a 2020 recipient of the Way Klingler Fellowship Award in the humanities and social sciences.

Currently, Gendron is working on a book titled, “Sub silentio: Gender-based Violence against Women by Security Forces and in Conflict Settings,” which focuses on the status of women in international humanitarian law and human rights law. The project examines the ways in which laws regulating the conduct of military and security forces, as well as those of the general population, have or have not served women during times of internal or international conflict.

Dr. Gendron in New Zealand
Dr. Gendron in 2017 with a study abroad group at the Nsanga Counseling Center in Rwanda.

With the fellowship, Gendron plans to continue her research for this project and dive deeper into a number of cases, including the plight of Bosnian and Croatian women during the Balkan Wars.

“Dr. Gendron’s project contributes a much-needed comparative perspective and a wealth of new first-hand sources that, without any doubt, will expand the existing understanding of this complex problem,” Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, chair and professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, said.

Recipients of the Way Klingler Fellowship receive $20,000 annually for three years to fund critical research that requires time, access to information and travel. The award will afford her the opportunity to begin interviews and archival work and to finish the groundwork for two others.

Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation, shared a short video congratulating Dr. Gendron.


In May, Gendron also received a Fulbright Scholar Award, the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. The Fulbright will enable her to conduct research on the case studies in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Uttar Pradesh.

Dr. Sarah Gendron With colleagues from Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Gendron teaches a number of courses that range from language instruction to literature related to French and Francophone studies. Her area of specialization is 20th century French literature and philosophy. Within this domain, Gendron has taught courses on 20th and 21st century French literature and literary theory, French Holocaust studies, Francophone representations of genocide, and visual and textual art about Rwanda.


Congratulations to Marquette University’s faculty and staff award recipients for the 2019–20 academic year. Marquette is blessed to have some of the most dedicated and talented faculty and staff members in higher education. And the university holds in high esteem its tradition to honor these remarkable individuals at awards and recognition ceremonies throughout each spring semester.

Aligned with our mission, these recipients display the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others.

Please read on, and enjoy profiles of the deserving women and men who were recognized this spring.