Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe
- Department: Office of Fellowships
- Location: 1940 Sheridan
Beth bleeds purple. She grew up in Evanston with a faculty father, was a debate “Cherub” at Northwestern’s National High School Institute, and graduated from Northwestern with an undergraduate degree in history. She honed her interests in the development of culturally diverse educational institutions during a summer ethnographic field study, in Arizona, about the educational experiences of Navajo students, and a junior year abroad in Germany. A precursor to the undergraduate research grant allowed her to conduct senior-thesis research in Philadelphia, which later evolved into her doctoral dissertation. Beth completed two master’s degrees as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge and earned her PhD at Princeton University, supported by dissertation fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Princeton’s Center for Human Values. Her scholarship on religious and ethnic diversity in Reformation Europe and colonial North America has appeared in German and American publications. Additionally, she is the associate chair of Shepard Residential College and a regular contributor to the Inside Higher Ed Blog, University of Venus. Each spring, she and her English husband enjoy hosting Northwestern’s British Scholarships Garden Party at their Evanston home.
Impactful International Experiences
As a child, I spent every third summer in Germany and traveled throughout Europe from Scandinavia to Greece, with a memorable excursion further south to Egypt. As an undergraduate at Northwestern, I spent my third year enrolled at the University of Tuebingen. While earning graduate degrees at Cambridge University in the UK, I returned to Germany to conduct archival research. I maintain close ties with both the UK and Germany, but some of my most impactful recent travel has been to Ireland, Korea, and Singapore.
Why Study Abroad?
I consider it impossible to understand your own culture and how it has influenced you until you have experienced other cultures both within your country of birth and around the globe.