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2018 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative & Undergraduate Summer Research Program


Valeria Arboniés*
Architecture, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras ‘20

Jonathan Ji
Individualized Study; Religious Studies, New York University ‘19

Nicholas Kattoura*
Politics, Oberlin College ‘19

Dante LaRiccia
Politics; History, New York University ‘19

Kelsey Moore
Africana Studies; Public Policy, New York University ‘19

Gabrielle Roehr
Classics; Anthropology, New York University ‘20

GJ Sevillano*
Politics, Princeton University ‘19

Hunter Sidel*
History, Pitzer College ‘19

Alía Warsco
Anthropology, Linguistics; New York University ‘19

*indicates a LAMI fellow

2017 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative & Undergraduate Summer Research Program


Joshua Bender
English and American Literature, New York University ‘18

Inside the Balikbayan: Accessing Filipina/o Americanness, Subjectivity, and Mystification in Contemporary Filipina/o American Literature

Breanna Byrd
Social and Cultural Analysis and Anthropology, New York University ‘19

Aftermath Revisited: The Slum Phenomenon, Postcolonial Urban Initiatives, and ‘Assistance’ Refusal in Accra

Paige Hutton*
American Studies, Wesleyan University ‘18

Whitewashing the Universe: Representations of, and threats to, Racialized Queerness in Steven Universe

Janet Ibarra*
Chicana/o Studies, California State University Dominguez Hills ‘18

Xingonas con Curvas: Conceptualizing the Body Fetishization and Body Appropriation of women of Color by Mainstream Culture

Nicolás Juárez*
Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma ‘19

IndiansXXX: Pornography, Native American Women, and Settler Sexual Violence

Eniola Kolawole
Global Liberal Studies, New York University ‘19

The Growth of an Identity: How the Emergence of Salons for Muslim Women and Natural Haired Women of African Descent Affects Their Identities in a Eurocentric and Islamophobic America

Ami Nanavaty*
American Studies and Microbiology, University of Kansas ‘18

Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar: Conceptualizing Hindu American Support for Trump through Hindu Whiteness and Nationalism

Javier Porras Madero
Latin American Studies and Economics, New York University ‘18

(An)Other Campaign? Reckoning with Ruptures in Zapatistas’ Perception of Dignity after the Sixth Declaration

Elijah Porter*
English, Fisk University ‘18

Pixelating Rainbows: Examining Reactions to Queer Suppression in Children’s Cartoons

Marcelo Yáñez
Art History, New York University ‘18

Continuance of Life: Aesthetic Transmission Between Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz

Aman Williams*
African-American Studies, University of California Los Angeles ‘18

For the Culture: Black Girls and Black Power, 1966-1986

*indicates a LAMI fellow

2016 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative


Alisa Bruce
History and Economics, Howard University ’18

Black Power, White Ideals: The Paradox of a Colonized Revolutionary

Danielle Jones
English, Dartmouth ’17

“Everyone Negro Walk in a Circle”: Non-Linear Temporality in Beloved, Kindred and the Book of Night Women

Amara Lawson-Cavanu
Gender Studies, UCLA ’17

“Georgia Peach”: Rasheeda, Laboring Pleasure and the Complexities of Southern Respectability

Guadalupe Madrigal
Communications Studies, UCLA ’17

Bordering Butterflies: The Opposing Narratives of Newspaper Coverage During the Mexican Repatriation

Emily Sun
Ethnic Studies and Literary Arts, Brown University ’18

Frontiers of Flesh: Politicizing the Unstable Body in the Performances of Patty Chang & Xaviera Simmons

2015 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative


Ouma Amadou
World Languages and Cultures & Women’s and Gender Studies, Iowa State ’17

Cassandra Flores-Montaño
Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley ’16

Oscar Hurtado
Political Science and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Williams College ’17

Cynthia Marrero-Ramos
Philosophy and America Studies, DePaul ’16

Christopher Mendoza
Linguistics and Russian Studies, Macalester College ’17

2014 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative


Max Jacobs
History, Rutgers ’15

Jovanna Jones
Philosophy and African-American Studies, Emory ’15

Kenyetta Lowery
Mass Communications, Edward Waters College ’15

Emily Rogers
Liberal Arts and Queer Studies, Sarah Lawrence College,’15

Erica Sterling
History and Psychology, Emory ’15

2013 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative


Elsa Hardy
African American Studies, Wesleyan ’14

Cultures of Power: Harlem Children’s Zone and Poverty Intervention Efforts

Aurora Llamas
Philosophy, Cornell, ’14

Extending Rawls: A Philosophical Approach to Socialized Inequality

Veronica Rivera-Negron
Information and Journalism, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras ’14

(De)Composing the Self: Embodied Imagery, Theatrical Space and Gender in the Performance of Teresa Hernandez

2012 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative


Darren Esparza
Communications and Chicano Studies, CSU Northridge ’13

The U.S.-Mexico Border’s Invisible Hand: A Rhetorical Analysis of President Obama’s Deferred Action Speech

Kyle Gipson
Sociology, Bard College ’13

The Contours of the New World: The Problem of Particularity in Richard Wright’s “Native Son”

Sydney-Paige Patterson*
English and African American Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington ’13

Social Class Structure and the Legacy of French Colonialism in “The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier and Texaco” by Patrick Chamoiseau

Jonathan Savage*
English and History, University of North Texas ’13

Product Placement: Spatial Branding and The Geography of Materialism in the works of Don DeLillo and Colson Whitehead

*indicates a LAMI fellow who later attended NYU for graduate school