Women of Distinction


Julia Barnard (Middle Right)

Jian, Lamb, Barnard and Shier


  • Alternative Breaks Co-Director, 2011-present
  • Research Assistant for Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities and National Book Award Winner
  • KU Outstanding Woman Student in a Sorority (Sigma Delta Tau), 2008, 2009
  • Honors Program Ambassador (2009-present)
  • Teaching Assistant, Dean’s Scholars Program (2009-present)
  • Hall Center Scholars Award (2008-2009)
  • Robinson Phi Alpha Theta Award, History Dept. (2010 & 2011)
  • Mortar Board Honors Society Member
  • Volunteer, KU Audio Reader
  • Off-Campus Senator, KU Student Senate (2010-2011)
  • Panhellenic Scholar of the Month, May 2010
  • KU Truman Scholarship Nominee, 2010
  • KU Hillel, Engagement Intern (2010-2011)
  • Amsden Award, Dept. of Art History, 2011
  • Member, Provost’s Strategic Planning Comm. (2010-2011)
  • Junior Director, College Cevenol Work Camp, July 2011

How I became interested in my field:

My family has been feeding me fiction and non-fiction literature since I was old enough to read. I love reading and learning and in history I have been able to combine many of my interests: the environments, government, literature, and the arts, music, dance and more.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

So many people provide so much inspiration for me. At KU, my professors Bob Antonio, Mary Klayder, Leslie Tuttle, Donald Worster, Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Ben Chappell, Giselle Anatol, Marta and Byron Caminero-Santangelo, Tony Rosenthal, Jonathan Earle and Meghan Kirkwood have shown me how to be an honest, responsible, kind and rigorous scholar.

My favorite KU memory:

My Alternative Break to Catalina Island, CA was a wonderful trip where I met new people, swan in the Pacific and learned about how to incorporate environmentally responsible habits into my life.

An important life lesson I have learned:

To give myself a break. Free time and friends are important and the way we treat ourselves and others are important. There’s only so much time in the day and everyone needs some time away from work.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

It’s easy and fun to get involved. People are open and friendly and interested in your energy and expertise. Find classes and professors that you love. Have fun and give yourself a break.