Class of 2020: Cohort 29
Antonia Aguilar Cole
Arpita is a History major with a focus on Religion and Diaspora (and Food!) studies who calls multiple spaces home but hails from Massachusetts. Arpita's work is centered on questions of diasporic spirituality and queer kinship that is built from a place of difference. Geographically, this work resonates in many different places but Arpita's current work is engaging with the histories of Tamil-speaking indentured laborers in the Caribbean. As a historian, this research pushes back by being concerned with questions of what doesn't change over time? How do white colonial understandings of linear time actually silence the cosmologies and lived experiences of colonized black, indigenous, and brown peoples? What do folx hold on to and preserve in the midst of violent uprooting and environmental disorientation and how do we hold these tensions in queer diasporic spaces now? Furthermore, what does healing and restoration look like for queer and trans BIPOC bodies marked as errant by nation-making practices that include the creation of the traditional archive? Arpita is guided and supported by Dr. Ignacio Gallup-Díaz and Dr. James Padilioni.
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.
Wynter 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 CE, 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, Wynter 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.