Class of 2019: Cohort 28
Ana Álvarez is a Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology major from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is particularly interested in researching the development of Roman villas in ancient Hispania and how this architectural development influenced the creation of the Andalusian courtyard. In addition, she is interested in studying the broader implications and influence of this development in Spanish colonial architecture today. This summer she will be participating in the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus where she will conduct archaeological fieldwork and preliminary research. She will spend her fall semester abroad in Athens, further delving into the field of Classical Archaeology.
Ava Lorraine Douglas is a Classical Languages major with a concentration in Greek. She originally hails from Flint, Michigan. This summer, she will be conducting research at University of Chicago on Roman libraries in the 1st Cen BCE, focusing on the societal and cultural place they held. Her greater MMUF research is tentatively titled: A study of Greek philosophical works within the Roman setting of Herculaneum: Understanding the importance of Greek works as material culture and literature, to the society of Herculaneum in the context of the Ville de Papyri. She will be drawing on her knowledge of Greek and Latin to read primary sources in order to inform her research. During the Fall semester, she will be continuing her studies at the Centro in Rome, Italy, where she will have exceptional opportunities to not only continue her research, but to also visit the site of Herculaneum. After earning her A.B in Classical languages, she will continue on to earn her PhD in papyrology. When not pursuing her academic ambitions, Ava can be found representing Bryn Mawr College as a Foil fencer, or mending books in the cataloguing department. Her mentor is the wonderful Radcliffe G. Edmonds lll.
Rebeca Salas is a Posse Scholar from Houston, TX pursuing an independent major in Latin American and Latino Studies. Inspired by her background as the daughter of two Mexican migrants, her major has a concentration on Migration. Rebeca's research seeks to investigate the emotional implications present when Philadelphia migrants utilize the Facebook page of their small hometown in Mexico to connect socially. She is especially interested in their sense of nostalgia for Mexico and of still belonging to it.
Class of 2018: Cohort 27
I am a senior at Bryn Mawr College, obtaining a B.A in History of Art and minor in Museum Studies with a focus on cultural production of the African Diaspora. My research focuses on the impact of a global art market on the exhibition-organization of visual culture and its direct impact on Black artists. I have situated myself amongst post-colonial theory, museological theory, social conceptual art practices, and performance work to tease out the ways Black artists use the market and exhibition space to assert agency in a post-representation era that engages with the complexities of being seen within neo-liberal capitalism. I have engaged with this material as an archivist for the African American History Trust, Curatorial Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art and Contemporary Art intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Diamond Ray is a Linguistics major from Philadelphia, PA. Her main interest of research is sociolinguistics. This summer she will be attending a Linguistics Field School funded by the National Science Foundation, where she will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to conduct linguistic fieldwork. Diamond is particularly interested in the African Diaspora and its connection with sociolinguistic racialization in Latin America. She will spend her fall semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador learning Area Studies and Spanish.
Claudia Ruiz is a Posse scholar and Sociology major and Mathematics minor from Houston, TX. She is interested in studying the role of numeracy in Latino Culture, exploring how mathematics is taught and translated within the classrooms. In her research she will focus on how college access programs lack teaching financial literacy to students who are understanding the college process and making decisions on which college to attend. With the Mellon Mays Fellowship, Claudia is excited to be able to conduct her research under the guidance of Professor Montes in the Sociology Department.
Lydia Sanchez is a Political Science major from East Greenwich, RI. Her goal is to pursue a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies. She is interested in studying the process of Arabization in Morocco, exploring the shift in government and linguistic structure post-French colonialism. In addition, she is interested in how the Morocco’s various ethnic groups fit in to the construct of the Arab identity which began with the Arabization initiative. Her interest in the Middle East was inspired by a gap year with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, a State Department funded critical language program, in Muscat, Oman. She will begin her studies in Morocco summer 2016 and continue on in the fall semester, studying abroad with the State Department Boren Scholarship.
Emma Wu is a Posse Scholar and geology major from Houston, Texas. She is in interested in vertebrate paleontology and researching the evolutionary origins of morphological variations. More specifically, she wishes to contribute to the taxonomical classifications of giant sloths from the Pleistocene and study the geochemical properties of their enamel. This summer she will be conducting preliminary research for her project at the University of Chicago.
Class of 2017: Cohort 26
Paola Bernal 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.
Sofi Chavez 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.
Crystal Des-Ogugua 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
Kiran Pizarro Mansukhani 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.
Gissell Montoya 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.