Career Enhancement Fellows Named for 2021

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FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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PRINCETON, NJ (May 5, 2021) – The Institute for Citizens & Scholars has named 39 new Career Enhancement Fellows for the 2021–22 academic year.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Citizens & Scholars, seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the humanities, social sciences, and arts by creating career development opportunities for selected 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 professional development retreat. For 2021, 16 junior faculty members will receive 12-month Fellowships, 21 will receive six-month Fellowships, and two will receive six-month Adjunct Faculty Fellowships.

The 2021 Career Enhancement Fellows work in such disciplines as African American studies, English, women’s and gender studies, sociology, and more. They come from a variety of institutions from across the country. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, Fellows represent unique perspectives within their disciplines and are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion on campus through service and research. (Full list of Fellows, institutions, and departments below.)

Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellows are awarded a six-month stipend (up to $15,000) and matched with a mentor from a professional network of tenured former Career Enhancement Fellows. The Fellowship period is intended to provide Fellows with time and resources to focus on the research and scholarship necessary to secure a tenure-track position.

Administered at Citizens & Scholars since 2001, the Career Enhancement Fellowship has supported more than 400 junior faculty members, creating a robust network of scholars committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.


About the Institute for Citizens & Scholars
The Institute for Citizens & Scholars (citizensandscholars.org) is a 75-year-old organization that has played a significant role in shaping American higher education. Now, with an expanded mission, Citizens & Scholars prepares leaders and engages networks of people and organizations to meet urgent education challenges. The overarching goal is to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry. 



12-Month Fellows

Jamall Calloway • University of San Diego, theology and religious studies

Angelica Camacho • San Francisco State University, ethnic studies/criminal justice studies

Melanie Chambliss • Columbia College Chicago, humanities, history, and social sciences

Erica Richardson • Baruch College, CUNY, English

Brittany Hearne • University of Arkansas, sociology and criminology

Katherine Hilson • Carthage College, sociology

Monica Jimenez • University of Texas at Austin, African and African diaspora studies

Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde • Utah State University, sociology, social work, and anthropology

Wendy Muniz • Pratt Institute, social science and cultural studies

Carolina Prado • San Jose State University, environmental studies

Delia Steverson • University of Florida, English

Casey Stockstill • University of Denver, sociology and criminology

Wendy Sung • University of Texas, Dallas, critical media studies

Sharon Tran • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, English

Lisa Young • College of Charleston, English

Isabel Millán • University of Oregon, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies


6-Month Fellows

Hewan Girma • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, African American and African diaspora studies

Alicia Smith-Tran • Texas Christian University, sociology and anthropology

Maisam Alomar • University of Colorado–Boulder, women and gender studies

Adam Bledsoe • University of Minnesota, geography, environment and society

Xiomara Verenice Cervantes-Gómez • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spanish and Portuguese

Hubert Cook • Connecticut College, English

Patrice Douglass • Duke University, gender, sexuality and feminist studies

Maia Gil’Adi • University of Massachusetts, Lowell, English

David-James Gonzales • Brigham Young University, history

Francis Gourrier • Kenyon College, American studies and history

Jina Kim • Smith College, English and the study of women and gender

Mintzi Martinez-Rivera • Providence College, sociology and anthropology

Lilian Mengesha • Tufts University, theatre and performance studies

Diego Millan • Washington & Lee University, English

Daniel Morales • Virginia Commonwealth University, history

Emily Owens • Brown University, history

Fredo Rivera • Grinnell College, art history

Frances Tran • Florida State University, English

Desiree Valentine • Marquette University, philosophy

Miguel Valerio • Washington University in St. Louis, Romance languages and literatures

Jeremy Williams • Kent State University, geology


Adjunct Faculty Fellows

Lizeth Gutierrez • Macalester College, American studies

Don Thomas Deere • Fordham University, philosophy


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