Class of 2020: Cohort 29
Antonia Aguilar Cole
Arpita Joyce is a History major with a focus in South Asia from Westborough, Massachusetts. Her research will be delving into the histories of women and femme migrants of the Tamil diaspora and their roles in the processes of home-making and (trans)nation building. She is interested in seeing what factors come into play in the creation of a global Tamil diaspora that covers many different locations and spans a wide expanse of time. She will be tackling the question of how do female migrants make homes with their bodies in times of displacement, marginalization, and in encounters with other diasporas? Arpita is especially interested in seeing how women and femme migrants from different backgrounds have historically built solidarity and found community in each other through everyday, daily actions. And finally, how do these histories impact children of the Tamil diaspora now and influence our positioning of ourselves within the diaspora but also within the larger South Asian diasporic community? In her exploration of these topics, she will be guided and supported by Dr. Ignacio Gallup-Díaz.
Dalia Mahgoub is a Political Science major with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. They are interested in how ownership of Queer Arab bodies in negotiated in the diaspora. Their research in these fields encompasses the intersections of queerness, western imperialism, diaspora, Islamic culture and traditions. With the Mellon Mays Fellowship, Dalia is excited to be able to conduct their research under the guidance of Professor Fenner in the Political Science Department.
Taylor McClain is a Political Science major from Philadelphia, Pa. She is broadly interested in researching the way that we live in communities. More specifically, she is interested in researching how democracies work to perpetuate uneven sacrifice even while attempting to address these sacrifices. Taylor wants to use Classics to understand ancient concepts democracy, justice, and citizenship in order to answer her questions about contemporary democracy in the United States. She is particularly enthused by the work of Danielle Allen. She is eager to begin her research under the mentorship of Joel Schlosser.
Cassandra Silva is a Sociology major and Political Science minor from New Haven, Connecticut. Deriving from an interest in both gender and race theory, Cassandra’s research works to bring these conversations together by examining social interactions. Acknowledging that people do not always adhere to generally accepted racial and gender categories and expectations, is it possible to apply the idea of “doing gender” to race? Cassandra aims to explore this question under the guidance of Professor Piper Sledge.
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.
Precious Cheray Robinson is a Posse scholar and Political Science major from Houston, TX. Her focus in Political Theory has lead her to studying questions of citizenship and agency in the United States. Precious' research looks at how social inequality negatively impacts the social agency afforded to Black women, and how their limited social agency then affects their political citizenship in the United States. Utilizing Black feminist thought, both past and present, and democratic theory, she seeks to create a critical understanding of American citizenship and American liberalism. She is influenced by thinkers such as Melissa Harris-Perry, Shatema Threadcraft, Glen Sean Coulthard, Patchen Markell, and Judith Shklar. Her research is carefully and diligently guided by Professor Joel Schlosser.
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.