February 16, 2015

The New York Times' lead op-ed piece for Presidents' Day is an examination of George Washington's status as a slaveholder and the lengths to which he went to maintain that status, including a protracted effort to return to captivity Ona Judge, a former slave of Washington's who escaped to join a community of free blacks in New Hampshire. Read the piece here:

January 21, 2015

The MMUF Undergraduate Journal for 2014-2015 has just been published by Harvard University's MMUF program. It features articles by 33 current undergraduate Mellon fellows from across the program.

An electronic copy of the journal can be viewed here. The full list of contributing fellows is below.

Barnard College

  • Isabelia Herrera

Brooklyn College

January 20, 2015

In December 2014, the Mellon Foundation's board of trustees approved the invitation of four new undergraduate institutions or consortia into the MMUF program. We are delighted to welcome into MMUF the consortium of Claremont colleges (Claremont-McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College and Scripps College); the University of California at Riverside; the University of New Mexico; and the University of Texas at Austin.

September 30, 2014

Jeffrey McCune, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and performance studies at Washington University in St. Louis and the new director of Wash U's MMUF program, is quoted in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article about the emotional and academic impact on students of color of this summer's news stories centering around violence against people of color, particularly the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

June 17, 2014

MMUF fellow Erika López García, who graduated this year from Brown University, was recently profiled in the Brown Alumni Magazine. Erika, who concentrated in geological sciences as an undergraduate, had her first national scholarly exposure this April when the scientific journal Icarus published the article "Topographic Constraints on the Origin of the Equatorial Ridge on Iapetus," of which she was the lead author.

May 24, 2014

MMUF PhD Lillian Guerra, who recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship, has added an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship to her roster of recent honors. For more details, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Guerra on all her recent achievements and victories!


May 24, 2014

The honors thesis research of MMUF Fellow Christopher-Marcus Gibson was recently featured in the Huffington Post's Thesis Project blog, which provides a popular web forum for the academic work of college undergraduates.

April 30, 2014

We are delighted to announce that MMUF Brian Johnson, who was originally selected as an MMUF fellow as an undergraduate at Johnson C. Smith University, has been chosen by Tuskegee University as its seventh president. Brian, who currently holds a joint appointment as Interim Vice President of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Provost/Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University, earned his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina in 2003.

April 25, 2014

MMUF PhD Geraldo Cadava (Dartmouth '04) has been awarded the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Award for 2014 for his first book, Common Ground: The Making of the Sunbelt Borderland (published last year by Harvard University Press). The OAH awards the Turner Award to first books published by scholars of American history.

April 14, 2014

MMUF PhD Lillian Guerra (Dartmouth '92) has received one of 178 fellowships awarded by the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2014. Dr. Guerra, who is Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History at the University of Florida, was selected as an MMUF fellow at Dartmouth College and earned her PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000, following which she taught at Bates College and Yale University.