Career Enhancement Fellows Named for 2019

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, April 11, 2019
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Woodrow Wilson Foundation Names Career Enhancement Fellowships

Junior and Adjunct Faculty to Receive Stipends and Mentoring


PRINCETON, N.J. (April 11, 2019)— The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named 32 new Career Enhancement Fellows—10 junior faculty members who will receive 12-month Fellowships, 20 who will receive six-month Fellowships, and two who will receive six-month adjunct faculty Fellowships.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, creates career development opportunities for selected faculty fellows with promising research projects. The program provides Fellows with a six-month or one-year sabbatical stipend (up to $30,000); a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); mentoring; and participation in a late summer professional development retreat.

The Career Enhancement retreat is an essential part of the Fellowship program. It provides opportunities for Fellows to connect in person with their mentors—senior academics who help advise these early-career faculty on next steps in professional development. Fellows also build community with their Fellowship class, Career Enhancement Fellows from past years, and other special guest scholars.

Two Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellowships were awarded this year. Fellows are awarded a six-month stipend (up to $10,000) and matched with a mentor and small professional network of tenured former Career Enhancement Fellows. The Adjunct Faculty Fellowship seeks to increase the presence of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF)—promising scholars previously supported by Mellon Foundation grants—among tenure-track faculty in core fields of the humanities and social sciences.

The 2019 Career Enhancement Fellows represent institutions from across the country. Fellows work in such disciplines as women’s and gender studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, foreign language and literature, history, African American and Africana studies, English, sociology, and media studies. (Full list of Fellows, institutions, and departments below.)

Administered at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation since 2001, the Career Enhancement Fellowship has supported more than 370 junior faculty members over the past 18 years. The program seeks particularly to increase the presence of junior faculty members who are underrepresented in their fields, as well as other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.

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Career Enhancement Fellows, 2019

12-Month Fellows

Christina Carney • University of Missouri, Columbia • black studies and women’s and gender studies

Hanna Garth • University of California, San Diego • anthropology

Laura Gutierrez • University of the Pacific • history

Tasha Hawthorne • Berea College • English

Chrissy Lau • California State University, Monterey Bay • history

Jamila Moore-Pewu • California State University, Fullerton • history

Joanna Perez • California State University, Dominguez Hills • sociology

Tacuma Peters • Michigan State University • philosophy and political theory

Mejdulene Shomali • University of Maryland Baltimore County • gender, women & sexuality studies

Gabriela Spears-Rico • University of Minnesota • Chicano and Latino studies


6-Month Fellows

Kemi Adeyemi • University of Washington • gender, women & sexuality studies

Diana Aramburu • University of California, Davis • Spanish and Portuguese

Gabriela Bacsan • Scripps College • foreign languages and literatures

Larissa Brewer-Garcia • University of Chicago • Romance languages and literatures

Kaysha Corinealdi • Emerson College • liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies

Jennifer Eaglin • Ohio State University • history

Freda Fair • Indiana University, Bloomington • gender studies

Robert LaRue • Moravian College • English

Ainsley LeSure • Occidental College • politics

LaTasha Levy • University of Washington, Seattle • American ethnic studies

Meenasarani Linde Murugan • Fordham University • communication and media studies

Patricia Lott • Ursinus College • English, American studies, and African American and Africana studies

Diana Louis • University of Michigan • women’s studies

Kathryn Mariner • University of Rochester • anthropology

Cecilia Marquez • New York University • social and cultural analysis

Ariana Ochoa Camacho • University of Washington Tacoma • interdisciplinary arts and sciences

Katrina Phillips • Macalester College • history

Elena Ruíz • Michigan State University • philosophy

Samantha Sheppard • Cornell University • cinema and media studies

Christopher Tounsel • Pennsylvania State University • history


Adjunct Faculty Fellows

George Aumoithe • Princeton University • history

Tanji Gilliam • University of Pennsylvania • Africana studies


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