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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 2016 Cohort 25:


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.  

Kathiana Abraham '16

Class of 2015 Cohort 24:

Serena Pierce

Serena Pierce '15 is a Comparative Literature and Linguistics double-major from New Jersey. Their research will be on the comparative linguistics of Walserdeutsch, an endangered Germanic dialect, as spoken in the Kanton Wallis, Switzerland, where the dialect originated, and Vorarlberg, Austria, where some of the speech community migrated. Their summer will be spent in Berlin improving their German in preparation for fieldwork to be conducted while abroad in Munich in the spring of 2014. Some of their other academic interests include general socio- and historical linguistics, the phonology/cherology and semantics of signed languages, translation theory, prosody in Romantic-era poetry, and stylistics of Ovid’s poetry. Their mentor is Dr Brook Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor in the Tri-College Department of Linguistics, and they will be consulting with Azade Seyhan, Professor of German and Comparative Literature.


Chandrea Peng

Chandrea Peng '15 is an Independent Education Major from Framingham, MA. She will be researching how schools facilitate – or fail to facilitate – development of identity, especially in students for whom the American education system is a challenge – language-wise, culture-wise, and class-wise. She is also interested in exploring the themes of memory and identity in refugees and their children. This summer she will be doing a case management internship at the International Institute of New England in hopes of helping refugees and immigrants become active participants in the social, political, and economic richness of American life. Chandrea will conduct her research under the guidance of Professor David Karen of the Sociology Department and will be studying abroad in Copenhagen in the spring of 2014.

Orsola Capovilla-Searle

Orsola Capovilla-Searle '15 is from Cuernavaca, Mexico and is a Mathematics and Physics double major. She is interested in researching a type of mathematical knot known as Legendrian knots. She is also interested in studying Lagrangian cobordisms bounded by Legendrian knots.

Whitney P. Lopez

Whitney P. Lopez '15: From Brooklyn, NY by way of Philadelphia, PA, Whitney P. López is a McBride scholar and an Anthropology major with a minor in Africana Studies. The focus of their research was originally to analyze the social and cultural factors which affect the job opportunities for women of color living in North Philadelphia. The lack of substantial information on Southeast Asian women prompted Whitney to shift their focus to the social and cultural factors that contribute to the underemployment of Southeast Asian women living in American cities. This summer will consist of compiling empirical data about Southeast Asians living in large cities across the United States.

Esteniolla Maitre

Esteniolla Maitre '15 is a Posse scholar from Boston, MA and an English major with double minors in Education and Africana Studies. Under the mentorship of Professor Linda-Susan Beard of the English department, Esteniolla will pursue research that looks at the relationship between students from inner-city, public school backgrounds and English, as both a language and discipline, in higher education. This summer, she will be in Dalun, Ghana exploring how and in what spaces young people and adults use English.