University of California, Berkeley
Maya Doig-Acuña, Middlebury College
Maya Doig-Acuña is a junior at Middlebury College, majoring in American Studies with a Race & Ethnicity concentration and a minor in Education Studies. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Her research interests include the changing conceptions of race and ethnicity in the Americas, inclusive pedagogy, and the impact of creative writing as a tool of empowerment in the classroom. In her free time, she enjoys re-reading the Harry Potter series and practicing Portuguese.
Alyssa Flores, Smith College
Alyssa Flores, originally from El Paso, Texas, is a rising senior at Smith College where she majors in Women and Gender Studies and minors in Immigration Studies. Alyssa’s research as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow focuses on queer undocumented immigrant activism and the queering of unauthorized immigration. In addition to her research focus, she loves studying Spanish, revolutionary movements, and xican@ literature. Other interests include music, dancing, food, community organizing and art.
Amira Lundy-Harris, Amherst College
Amira Lundy-Harris is currently pursuing her B.A. at Amherst College, where she is a rising senior. Her double major in Black Studies and Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies has enabled her to focus on the themes of fictive kinship, queer utopia, and extralegal justice, which she hopes to explore more this summer. During her time at Amherst, Amira has worked extensively with campus organizations involved in issues of racial, gender, and LGBTQ justice, leading her campus’ Pride Alliance and Black Women’s Group.
Victoria Yan, Smith College
Victoria Yan is currently a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is a government, and religion major interested in the contemporary history of the Middle East, and its influence on domestic and foreign politics. Specifically, she focuses her studies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exploring how western imperialism has deepened the divide between the two identities, as well as destabilized the region. Outside her studies, Victoria enjoys traveling, and experimenting in the arts.
Clair Beltran, Middlebury College
A native of Washington Heights, NYC, Clair Beltran attends Middlebury College. She majors in the history of art and architecture and minors in geography and Arabic. This summer, Clair will work with Columbia sociology professor Van C. Tran on a project entitled, “Fields of Difference: Differences in Usage and Perception of Urban Park Spaces.” After graduating in 2016, she plans to work for AmeriCorps before applying to graduate school.
Isaiah Gibson, Dickinson College
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Isaiah Gibson attends Dickinson College, where he double majors in Law and Policy and Sociology. As a first-generation college student, he is well-prepared to help others transition to college life; for this reason, Isaiah serves as a First-Year Mentor at Dickinson. He is the recipient of a Building Blocks Award and the Samuel G. Rose ’58 Scholarship. This summer, Isaiah will conduct research on the role of historically black churches in social-justice movements, specifically those in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. Following graduation, he intends to work for the Philadelphia Board of Education before pursuing a J.D./Ph.D. in Sociology.
Jeremy Glover, Bates College
Jeremy Glover, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, is a rising Junior at Bates College. He majors in English and Music, and minors in History. Jeremy’s academic interests involve the study of Medieval literature, with special attention to the works of fourteenth century English Poet Geoffrey Chaucer, and he hopes to use his summer research as an opportunity to learn more about Chaucer’s contemporaries and impacts. Besides studying literature, Jeremy also pursues music composition and plays viola. Outside of his studies, Jeremy is involved with student organizations centered around feminism and combating gender violence, and he often finds interesting connections between his work with Chaucer and his work with feminism. He also plays chess and enjoys classical music and jazz.
Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Williams College
Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a writer and community organizer from Newark, New Jersey who is majoring in History and concentrating in Africana Studies and Global Studies at Williams College. In 2013, he served as Pre-Professional Collections Apprentice at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and in February 2014, he was one of five students selected for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at Williams College. In August 2014, after the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr., Ahmad traveled to Ferguson, Missouri and joined Black Lives Matter, where he directed his energy towards recording the narratives of Black women’s organizing actions. His writings have appeared on The Feminist Wire and on Ebony.com, among many other outlets. His research interests include African American History and Religion, Black Gender and Sexual Politics, Movements against Sexual Violence, Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in Religion and African American Studies after graduating from Williams in June 2016.
Research Project: “Black Women’s (and Men’s) Legacies and Activism, Legal Discourse and Literary Interventions Against Rape, 1990-present”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Celia Naylor, History and Africana Studies
Brittanie Lewis, Amherst College
Brittanie Lewis, originally from Modesto, California, is a rising junior at Amherst College and expects to receive a Bachelor of Arts in History in the spring of 2017. This summer, she is interested in researching the varying experiences of women in the MENA region, as well as the conceptualization of Muslim women in both recent pre- and post-9/11 American media. Her interest in the French language lends itself to a fascination with the everyday experiences of Muslim women living in the banlieues of Paris, which she hopes to return to someday in order to conduct research. She is a member of the Amherst Women’s Club Soccer team and works as a Diversity Intern with the Amherst College Office of Admission.
Syeda Malliha, Amherst College
Syeda Malliha double majors in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and English at Amherst College. A first-generation college student and a native of the Bronx, she is committed social justice initiatives in the New York metropolitan area. This summer, Syeda will examine of impact of income, education, and party affiliation on federal, natural-disaster spending.
Cheswayo Mphanza, Middlebury College
Cetshwayo Mphanza is a rising senior, part of the class of 2016, at Middlebury College where he is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in African American studies. His research interests include the migration narrative—from an immigrant and citizen point of view; development of the black belt in northern cities—specifically Chicago’s; development and redevelopment of black culture, economics, and politics as a result of the great migration; and the existence of art as a historian during these critical shifts in America. Cetshwayo’s hobbies include listening to funk and soul; writing poems; and watching documentaries. After undergrad, he hopes to obtain his MFA in poetry and poetics.
Andrea Penman-Lomeli, Middlebury College
Andrea Penman-Lomeli is a rising senior at Middlebury College. At Middlebury she majors in Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Spanish and French languages, and minors in Sociology. Andrea is interested in literary theory and the intersections between art and politics, specifically through the studies of post-colonialism, race and ethnicity, and immigration. She is particularly interested in the politics of world literature and this summer she hopes to examine Goethe’s original notions of Weltliteratur and translation to interrogate the inequalities present in the global literary field. At Middlebury she organizes with JUNTOS: Farmworker-Student Solidarity Network, collaborates with the Community Engagement office and works at the Vermont Folklife Center.
Debanjan Roychoudhury, Middlebury College
Debanjan Roychoudhury attends Middlebury College, where he majors in Sociology. Originally from Queens, New York, Debanjan is the recipient of the Posse Foundation Scholarship and a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. This summer, he will conduct research with the Amsterdam Avenue Project to evaluate the impact of gentrification in West Harlem, specifically changes related to policing practices and surveillance. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology after graduating in 2016.
Madelene Santizo, Bates College
Madelene Santizo is a rising senior at Bates College, majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Class, Inequity, Poverty, and Justice and a minor in Spanish. She is interested in learning about the intersections between race and ethnicity, migration, and social inequalities while also exploring identity. Madelene is an active member of Latinos Unidos, a fellow for the Office of Intercultural Education, and a Bonner Leader. She plans to graduate in May 2016.