Claire Mayo


History / French
Knoxville, Tenn.
Project title: The Evolution of Charles de Gaulle as France’s Wartime Leader in Great Britain during World War II (1940-1942)
Mentor: David Crowe

Spring 2014

During my final semester at Elon, I completed my Honors Thesis evaluating Charles de Gaulle’s evolution as the political leader of la France Libre. Dr. Crowe worked with me to edit my 110-page work on de Gaulle’s evolution as a political leader during World War II. After several drafts, I submitted my edited work to my Honors Thesis Defense Committee, which approved it with rave reviews. My Honors Thesis will soon be bound and made available to the Elon Community in Belk Library and on-line. This summer, I hope to submit a chapter of this research for publication in the National Conference of Undergraduate Research’s Proceedings and Phi Alpha Theta’s The Historian.

In addition to finishing the written piece of my research, I presented my work at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Lexington, KY, and at Elon’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum. I was pleased to see my confidence increase with each presentation, and the questions fielded from the audience were applicable and intriguing.

As the crowning experience of my time as a Lumen Scholar, I traveled to Montreal, Quebec, for the Society of French Historical Studies’ annual conference. I met leading scholars of French history as well as my future professors at New York University. The conference in Canada was another confirmation that I can continue to pursue my dream of becoming a professor and researcher of modern French history.



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Professor of Philosophy
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2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703


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