Elizabeth B. Monroe


Thomas Ehrlich Award for Excellence in Service Learning (2003)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
School of Liberal Arts
Department of History


Elizabeth Brand Monroe is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida (1989) and also holds a J.D. from Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law (2002). She is the author of THE WHEELING BRIDGE CASE (1992) and the co-author of THE MAIN STEM (1992).

Since 1989, Elizabeth Brand Monroe has dedicated herself to developing a vibrant service learning component in the graduate public history program at IUPUI. By 1994, Monroe's vision had turned IUPUI's program into a national model.

Monroe's mentorship of graduate students in service learning internships has had a profound impact on dozens of nonprofit organizations around Indiana—from large institutions like Conner Prairie and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, to smaller ones, such as Historic Madison, Inc. and the Indiana Medical History Museum. Monroe and her students have helped many organizations to accomplish things that might not have otherwise been possible, such as securing funding for projects, preserving and cataloging priceless artifacts, completing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, conducting oral histories, organizing tours of historically significant sites, holding workshops, publishing useful guides and handbooks, and much more.