February 07, 2017

MMUF PhD Erica Armstrong Dunbar, who is Professor of Black Studies and History at the University of Delaware, is featured in a recent New York Times article on Ona Judge, a slave owned by George Washington's wife Martha who escaped to New Hampshire, where she evaded multiple attempts by the Washingtons to recapture her.

November 30, 2016

MMUF fellow Bill De La Rosa, who graduated from Bowdoin College this past spring, has been awarded the Marshall Scholarship. The Marshall, which funds graduate study in the United Kingdom for about 40 American students each year, will support Bill's graduate work at Oxford University, where he has been admitted to a master's program in migration studies.

October 24, 2016

MMUF PhD François Pierre-Louis (who until recently was also coordinator for the MMUF program at Queens College) was recently interviewed by the New York Times for an article on the reactions of immigrants from nondemocratic countries to Donald Trump's recent refusal to commit himself to accepting the results of the U.S. presidential election.

August 04, 2016

On August 4th, the New York Times featured an op-ed piece by MMUF PhD Leah Wright Rigueur, "Why Can't the G.O.P. Get Real with Black Voters?" Dr.

June 16, 2016

MMUF undergraduate fellow Orubba Almansouri, the salutatorian of the class of 2016 at the City College of New York, not only delivered her class' salutatory address on June 6th, but received congratulations (and a hug) from First Lady Michelle Obama, the commencement speaker at the ceremony.

May 23, 2016

MMUF PhD Marisa Parham, who is Professor of English at Amherst College and director of the Five Colleges Digital Humanities Project (also funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), was recently interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books about her work in the digital humanities. Read the full interview here.

May 23, 2016

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal is an annual collection of scholarly works by participants in the MMUF program.  Submissions are now being accepted for the next edition of the journal, which will be distributed nationally in fall 2016/winter 2017.

April 29, 2016

The University of Cape Town's MMUF program was recently profiled in the news section of UCT's website. The article covers the 15-year history of MMUF at UCT as seen through the eyes of Gideon Nomdo, who has been a UCT MMUF coordinator since the university joined MMUF in 2001 (and who recently finished the PhD himself). Dr. Nomdo discusses how MMUF responds to the specifically South African legacy of apartheid and the longstanding educational disadvantages it has created among black students in particular.

April 25, 2016

Bowdoin College undergraduate fellow Bill De La Rosa was recently selected by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund as a Hispanic Scholar of the Year (an award given to only two students every year out of thousands of applicants). Among other achievements, the award recognizes Bill's advocacy and activism in connection with the issues facing undocumented immigrants, which have affected his own family.

February 17, 2016

MMUF fellow Joshua Bennett is one of four co-winners of Princeton University's Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, the university's highest honor for graduate students. Josh, who was selected as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, won for his dissertation "Being Property Once Myself: In Pursuit of the Animal in 20th-Century African-American Literature," which examines representations of personhood and non-personhood in the African-American literary tradition.

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