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Judy Balthazar Interim Dean of the Undergraduate College
MMUF Advisor
(610) 526-5375

Vanessa Christman Assistant Dean
Director of Leadership and Community Development
MMUF Administrative Coordinator
The Pensby Center
(610) 526-6594

Leslie Jones
University of Pennsylvania Doctoral Student
MMUF Graduate Coordinator

Gary McDonogh Helen Herrmann Chair and Professor, Growth and Structure of Cities
Acting Chair, Growth and Structure of Cities
MMUF Faculty Coordinator
(610) 526-5051

MMUF Current Fellows

Class of 2017 Cohort 26:

PaolaPaola Bernal ’17 is a Posse Scholar and Sociology Major from Houston, Texas. She is interested in studying The Role of Telenovelas in Latino Culture, exploring how the development, structure, and functioning of Latino communities is depicted in media. Drawing on her studies of sociology, education and Spanish, she hopes to demonstrate how telenovelas serve as a medium to understanding and analyzing social differences in Latino culture.

SofiSofi Chavez '17 is an English major from Seattle, WA. Her areas of interest are Chicana/ Mexican American identity, queer theory, and religion. In her research, she will focus on representations of queer Chicana spirituality in literature, predominately written and produced by queer Chicana authors. Her project was inspired by her upbringing in the Catholic Church, her own identity, and Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/ La frontera. With the Mellon Mays Fellowship, Sofi is excited to be able to conduct her research under the guidance of Professor Harford Vargas in the English Department.

CrystalCrystal Des-Ogugua ‘17 is a Sociology major (with a concentration in African-American studies) who currently lives in Lewisburg, PA. "I am interested in studying the development and manifestation of Black student identities as it relates to contextual social inequality and the legacy of American Slavery."




Kiran Pizarro Mansukhani ’17 is a Philosophy major from Great Neck, NY. He is interested in studying the separation between individualism and collectivism in metaphysical conceptions of memory, and whether they can be combined to provide an account of personal identity that is inclusive of individual experience and collective attitudes. He also hopes to incorporate South Asian theology (Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism) in this project. His mentor is Dr. Adrienne Prettyman, and he will be studying abroad in Fall 2015.  


GissellGissell Montoya ’17 is an International Studies major and Health Studies minor from Houston, TX. She is interested in learning more about the role of culture in disease and disease prevention. She plans to focus on how Latino communities respond to and interpret varying forms of health communication in community health campaigns. She is also interested in exploring the underlying social determinants that result from existing health disparities in Latino communities. She hopes that her research will help foster a more culturally competent approach to health promotion that will be better able to serve the health of these unique Latino communities. Gissell will conduct her research under the guidance of Professor Christopher Roebuck in the Anthropology Department at Haverford.

Class of 2016 Cohort 25:

Kathiana Abraham '16

Lucy Carreno-RocaLucy Carreno-Roca '16 is a Gates Millennium Scholar and an English Major from Alvarado, Texas. She is interested in researching how the representation of restorativejustice, altered power relations, and subaltern identities emerge through truth-telling in post-conflict narratives from Guatemala and South Africa. She is also interestedin exploring transnational, multilingual, migrant narratives. Lucy will conduct her research under the guidance of Professor Linda Susan Beard and Professor Jennifer Harford Vargas of the English Department and will be studying abroad in Copenhagen in the fall of 2014.


Maria Morrero

Maria Morrero '16 is a cultural anthropology major from Philadelphia. Her Mellon Mays research will investigate the role of inclusivity and interconnectedness on Scottish ideologies of human happiness. She is interested in deploying an anthropological lens throughout her research, but will also incorporate a philosophical apparatus to inform her work. This summer Maria will act as research assistant and teacher’s assistant to Professor Monica Hahn at the Community College of Philadelphia.


Rochelle Waite

Rochelle Waite ‘16 is an Anthropology major from Cambridge, MA. She is interested in studying how people living with low food access navigate the constraints of their situation on an individual and community level. She would also like to look at the effectiveness of larger scale methods used to improve food access and food security especially in urban areas. Additionally, she is interested in looking at how food access intersects with race, gender and health.



Rachel Weissler

Rachel Weissler '16 was born and grew up in Topanga, California, moving to the east coast to attend Moorestown Friends High School in Moorestown, New Jersey. She is a Linguistics major with focused interests in philosophical and sociological linguistics. She is interested in revitalization efforts of endangered languages, particularly Zapotec languages, which she has studied since 2012 with Tri-Co Professor Brook D. Lillehaugen.  This summer, Rachel will be studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa pursuing her passions for language, acceptance and diversity. She hopes to learn about the many languages of South Africa and the people who speak them through this immersion experience.