Alumni/ae

Cohorts one through fifteen (2001-2015)
"MMUF aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction."

Cohort Fifteen (2015-2017)

Lynette Dixon
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Willett (Philosophy)
Research Topic: Ungendering Hip-Hop
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2017

Rhianne McCalip
Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alicia DeNicola (Anthropology, Oxford College)
Research Topic: Cross-Cultural Understanding of Autism 

Makina Moses
English and Linguistics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Jackson (English and African American Studies)
Research Topic: Red and Black Satirical Media: Critique in Satirical Native and African American Literary Texts and Film
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2016

Clara Perez
Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deric Shannon (Sociology, Oxford College)
Research Topic: Environmental Degradation, Systemic Change and Unequal Burdens: An Ethnography of Alternative Food Production Sites in Atlanta
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2017

Cohort Fourteen (2014-2016)

Casidy Campbell
African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Sanders (English and African American Studies)
Research Topic: Temporality, Space and Mental Health: Theorizing Black Women in the University
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2016

Current: Campbell is pursuing her Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Troizel Carr
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rizvanna Bradley (Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Research Topic: Desire in Abundance: Black Queer Masculinity and Performance of Ontological Excess
B.A. degree, Emory College, 2015
M.A. degree in Performance Studies, New York University, 2017

Current: Carr is pursuing his Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University.

Ashley Crooks
Creative Writing
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Jackson (African American Studies and English)
Research Topic: Using autobiography and memoirs as case studies for the affects of the racial ascription process on Afro-Caribbean immigrants who come to the United States
B.A. degree, Emory College, 12/2015

Current: Crooks is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Georgia.

Andrew Kim
Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Craig Hadley (Anthropology)
Research Topic: Testing the Modulatory Effects of Micronutruent Malnutrition on the Food Insecurity-Mental Illness Pathway in Rural Haiti
B.A. degree, Emory College, 2015

Current: Kim is pursuing his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Northwestern University.

Bryan Natividad
African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carol Anderson (African American Studies and History)
Research Topic: Race, Private Wealth, and Public Education
B.A. degree, Emory College, 5/2016

Cohort Thirteen (2013-2015)

Elizabeth Davies
Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andra Gillespie (Political Science)
Research Topic: Black Political Activism Post Civil Rights
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2015

Current: Davies is pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Jovanna Jones
Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Willett (Philosophy)
Research Topic: Exploring the Philosophic Reformation of Black Identity through Contemporary Photographic Movement
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2015

Current: Jones is pursuing her Ph.D. in African & African American Studies at Harvard University.

Erica Sterling
History & Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carol Anderson (African American Studies and History)
Research Topic: A Better Chance? Higher Education vs. Cultural Identity
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2015

Current: Sterling is pursuing her Ph.D. in History at Harvard University.

Gary Jomo Wilson
African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carol Anderson (African American Studies and History)
Research Topic: What is Hegemonic Opposition to African-American Education from 1954-1983? One Superintendent's Story!
B.A. degree, Emory College, 2016

Cohort Twelve (2012-2014)

Christina Cross
Sociology, Global Studies Concentration
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Goddard (Spanish & Portuguese)
Research Topic: Socio-Economic and Cultural Barriers to Minority Students' Participation in International Exchange Programs
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013

Current: Cross is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Julio Medina
Dance and Movement Studies/Cutural Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Anna Leo (Dance)
Research Topic: The Influence of Hip Hop Technique and Culture on Contemporary Dance
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013
M.F.A. degree in Dance, University of California Los Angeles, 6/2016

Cohort Eleven (2011-2013)

Robin Ayers
African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brett Gadsden (African American Studies & History)
Research Topic: After the Brown Decision: Private Universities’ Integration of African American Students.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013
J.D. degree, American University, 05/2017

Michael David Harris
Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ann Hartle (Philosophy)
Research Topic: The Ambivalent Position of Christian Eschatology from Augustine to Aquinas.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013 

Eduardo Hazera 
Music & Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tong Soon Lee (Music) 
Research Topic: Innovation and Conformity in North Indian Classical Music.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013

Current: Hazera is pursuing his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Silvia Mejia
Religion & Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Gowler (Religion, Oxford College) 
Research Topic:  Spirituality and Social Change in Latin America.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013
M.Div. degree, Harvard University, 05/2016

Olivia Odoffin
Philosophy & Cognitive Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert McCauley (Philosophy)
Research Topic: Using the Empirical Findings of Consciousness to Rethink the Transitivity Principle.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013

Current: Odoffin is pursuing her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rutgers University.

Perrinh Savang
Gender and Sexuality Studies & Anthropology 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leslie Harris (History & African American Studies)
Research Topic: Analyzing the Role of Stigmatization in Constructing LGBT Identities.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2013

Cohort Ten (2010-2012)

Henry Love
History  
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dianne Stewart (Religion & African American Studies)
Research Topic: Power Women: British Colonialism and the Decline of Institutionalized Yoruba Feminine Agency, 1900-1960.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2012
M.A. degree in Sociology and Education Policy, Columbia University, 2014

Current: Love is pursuing his Ph.D. in Child & Development Psychology at The Graduate Center at City University of New York.

Brianna N. Mack
Political Science & African American Studies 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andra Gillespie (Political Science)
Research Topic: Problematizing Dawson’s Theory of Linked Fate through Chronicling African American Elites' Representation of African American Constituents and Current Trends in African American Politics.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2012

Current: Mack is pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science at Ohio State University.

Katherine Matthews
African American Studies & Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nagueyalti Warren (African American Studies)
Research Topic: Mass Incarceration: Tracing History’s Steps to Broaden the Definition to Pre-1970 and the War on Drugs. 
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2012

Current: Matthews is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jacinta Saffold
African American Studies & Educational Studies 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nagueyalti Warren (African American Studies)
Research Topic: Reading Between the Lines: An Exploration of the Similarities and Differences in Literature During the Black Arts Movement in the United States and the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. 
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2012
Ph.D. degree, African American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017

Garrett Turner
Creative Writing & Music
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rudolph Byrd (Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies)
Research Topic: Spoken Word Poetry: The Origins, Evolution, and Enduring Relevance of a Literary Tradition.
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2011
M.A. degree in Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, 2013
M.A. degree in Musical Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama at University of London, 2016

Cohort Nine (2009-2011)

Khytie Brown
Major: Sociology and Religion
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dianne Stewart (Religion & African American Studies)
Research Topic: Culture Clash: Dancehall Music and Jamaican Society
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2010
M.T.S. degree, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2013

Current: Brown is pursuing her Ph.D. in African & African American Studies at Harvard University.

Jasmine Johnson
Major: Philosophy & Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Jackson (English & African American Studies)
Research Topic: Achieving the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Zero Tolerance Policies

Marina Santiago
Major: Linguistics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Susan Tamasi (Anthropology)
Research Topic: The Use of Identity Terms and Linguistic Construction of a Queer Identity
B.A. degree, Emory College, 2011

Cohort Eight (2008-2010)

Anni Pullagura
Major: Art History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Crowley (Japanese, Russian & East Asian Studies)
Research Topic: Behind the Glass: The History of Representation in the National Museum of the American Indian
B.A. degree, Emory College, 12/2010

Current: Pullagura is pursuing her Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University.

Christina Welsch
Major: History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tonio Andrade (History)
Research Topic: Forging the Conqueror's Sword: How Two Indias Created One Empire
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2010
Ph.D. degree, History, Princeton University, 2017

Olivia Wise
Major: English and Women's Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynn Huffer (Women's Studies)
Research Topic: When He and She Don't Fit: Pronoun Use and Gender Performativity
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2010

Cohort Seven (2007-2009)

Monique Dorsainvil
Major: Women’s Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Regine Jackson (Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts)
Research Topic: Resisting the Margins: Black Lesbian Self-Definition and Epistemology
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2009

Cohort Six (2006-2008)

Sachelle Ford
Major: English
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Jackson (English and African American Studies)
Research Topic: African American Women’s Literature: Toni Morrison and Alice Walker
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2008
Ph.D. degree, English, Brown University, 2015

Elizabeth Ju
Major: Biology and Music
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristin Wendland (Music)
Research Topic: The Assimilation of the Social Dance, Tango, into Early US Culture
B.S. degree, Emory College, 12/2007
M.D. degree, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2016

Cohort Five (2005-2007)

O. Sherry Akande Nielsen
Major: History and African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Burns (History)
Research Topic: Ethnicity in Ancient Rome and Modern South Africa
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2006
J.D. degree, Emory University, 2012

Shawn Finnell Punancy
Major: Anthropology and Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tracy Rone (Anthropology)
Research Topic: The Cultural Psychology of Race: Linguistic Considerations
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2006
M.S. degree, International Affairs, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), 2011

Zachary Manfredi
Major: Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Goodstein (Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts)
Research Topic: Philosophical Questions in the Wake of F. Nietzsche
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2007
M.A. degree in Political Science, Oxford University, 2009
J.D. degree, Yale University, 2017

Current: Manfredi is pursuing his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicole Naar
Major: Anthropology, Human Biology and Environmental Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. George Armelagos (Anthropology)
Research Topic: Cultural Evolutionary Perspectives on Development: A Case Study of Puerto San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico 
B.S. degree, Emory College, 05/2007

Current: Naar is pursuing her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.

Sterling Winchester 
Major: Music and Russian
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lyn Bertrand (Music)
Research Topic: The Concept of Russian Faith in the Music of Sophia Gubaidulin
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2007
J.D. degree, Emory University, 2013

Cohort Four (2004-2006)

Elana Jefferson-Tatum
Major: Religion
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dianne Stewart (Religion and African American Studies)
Research Topic: Does God Hear Black Christians in Their ‘Language?’
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2006
M.T.S. degree, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2009
Ph.D. degree, Religion, Emory University, 2016

Marcus Jerkins
Major: Religion and African American Studies
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Dianne Stewart (Religion & African American Studies) and Dr. Mark Sanders (English & African American Studies)
Research Topic: The Faith of African Americans and Their View of the Trinity
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2006
M.Div. degree, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 2009
ThM degree, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 2012

Current: Jerkins is pursuing his Ph.D. in Religion at Baylor University.

Dominique Johnson
Major: English and Women’s Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Jackson (English and African American Studies)
Research Topic: Self-perception and Body Image among Black Women in Literature
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2006
M.A. degree in Communication, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Current: Johnson is pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sonia Santamaria
Major: Philosophy and History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Susan Ashmore (History, Oxford College)
Research Topic: History as Collective Memory
B.A. degree, Emory College, 12/2006
M.A. degree in History, University of Mississippi, 2010

Cohort Three (2003-2005)

Jessica Bardill
Major: English
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deepika Bahri (English)
Research Topic: The Influence of the New Tongue: The Effects of Colonialism Upon Mixed English Use in Postcolonial Literature
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2005
Ph.D. degree, English, Duke University, 2011

Daniel Green
Major: Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dianne Diakité (Religion and African American Studies)
Research Topic: Hip Hop and Contemporary Religious Discourses
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2005
J.D. degree, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2009

Devin Murphy
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maria Carrion (Spanish)
Research Topic: Using the Master’s Tools in the Master’s House: Replicating Phallocentrism within Resistance Discourse
B.A. degree, Emory College, 08/2006
M.A. degree in American Studies, New York University, 2008

Amber Walker
Major: African American Studies and Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leroy Davis (History)
Research Topic: From the Shadows Into the Line of Fire: Black Female Radicals of the 20th Century
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2005
J.D. degree, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

Cohort Two (2002-2004)

Jamie Lee
Major: French Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Loichot (French & Italian)
Research Topic: Mother/Daughter Relationships in the Films of Sembene Ousmane
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2004

Sara Madavo
Major: English and African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Sanders (English)
Research Topic: The Representation of the Mulatto in African American Literature
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2004
J.D. degree, Harvard University, 2010

Miel Mason Wilson
Major: French Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Loichot (French & Italian)
Research Topic: Gender and Sexuality in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, and Memory
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2004
Ph.D degree, American Civilization, Brown University, 2015

Cohort One (2001-2003)

Tammy Crittenden
Major: Middle Eastern Studies
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Devin Stewart & Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal (Middle Eastern Studies)
Research Topic: Democratic Movements in Islam
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2003
M.I.P.P. degree, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Stacy Earl
Major: African American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leroy Davis (History)
Research Topic: Immigration Patterns in the Black Atlantic World: the Caribbean and the United States
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2003

Celeste Lee
Major: Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Regina Werum (Department of Sociology)
Research Topic: Retention of Black Students in Public Secondary Schools in the USA
B.A. degree, Emory College, 05/2003
M.A.T. degree in Social Studies, Duke University, May 2004
Ph.D. degree, Sociology, Emory University, 2015

Kristy Offitt
Major: Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Susan Ashmore (History, Oxford College)
Research Topic: Educational Policy
B.A. degree, Emory College, 08/2003
J.D. degree, University of Southern California Law School, 2007