IVANNA BERRIOS

Ivanna is a Comparative Literature major concentrating in globalization and minoring in Art History. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, their research interests broadly center around critical artistic production in Latin America grounded in anti-systemic movements and radical anticapitalism. Their current project looks at art across the Andes, primarily audiovisual works, that address resource extraction, land defense, and justice for indigenous communities. In this project, they are particularly interested in how this art centered around struggle and autonomy disrupts the historiography following the period of the Peruvian Civil War that depoliticized campesinos and weaponized their trauma to condemn insurrectionary mobilizations. Ivanna is outreach director for the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) and Chair of the Wolf Undergraduate Humanities Forum.

ASHLEY CODNER

Ashley is a senior majoring in English with minors in Consumer Psychology and Jazz Music and Popular Culture. Her research centers around examining the link between black artistic production and lived experience by studying the ways in which black authors incorporate musical thematics and structures into their writing. The project is driven by a desire to examine how black artists, out of necessity, create new mediums through which to work in and what it is about these newly formed channels that make them so effective. She focuses on three self-identified seminal moments in African American history: the blues era, the Black Arts Movement, and the modern hip hop age, mapping their genealogical and historical connection in order to investigate how lingual adaptation has given the black community a dialect with which to conceptualize its idealized overcoming into a reality. Ashley currently serves as Secretary for the Penn chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Creative Co-Director for the Caribbean American Students Association, as well as being a member of Penn Women’s Club Soccer.

 

KALIYAH DORSEY

Kaliyah is a junior studying English with a Creative Writing Concentration. Her research centers around the conceptualization of Black woman’s experience with sexuality as a grounds for self-discovery. She focuses on the Black woman as a mother, as depicted in 20th century literature, hoping to explore the role of the Black family structure and its relation to illustrations of autonomy, resistance, and disruption. Her goal is to create a poetics of Black women’s intimacy, re-evaluating the relationship between the public and private self, as well as the impact on the next generation of mothers. Kaliyah is also a Focus editor for 34th Street Magazine.

 

ELIZABETH “CARSON” ECKHARD

Carson is a senior, double majoring in History, with a concentration in American studies, and English with a minor in Urban Studies and Africana Studies.  Her research is focused at the intersections of history, American studies and social policy.  Her scholarship centers on using historical research on behalf of disenfranchised communities and as a means of promoting social justice. She aims to push boundaries by asking difficult questions and exploring practical solutions to the questions posed by her research.  Carson served as Chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE) where she worked on a variety of issues pertaining to student wellbeing at Penn, including civic engagement opportunities for studentsand undergraduate mental wellness. 

Misha McDaniels

MISHA MCDANIEL

Misha is a senior studying English, Africana Studies, and French. Her research centers around young black female narratives in African-American literature written post-1970 by black female authors. Currently, she is exploring the idea of violence and trauma operating as an inherited aspect of the young black female experience in the United States. Questions she seeks to answer are how do these narratives reflect American society’s understanding of young black female lives and experiences, what conscious or subconscious expectations are revealed of the young black female, and in what ways (if any) are black female writers complicit in solidifying or reinforcing these understandings or expectations. At her time at Penn, Misha has been involved with the Theater Groups Nataak, Quadramics, and the African American Arts Alliance (4A). She also is a member of the English Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB) and works as a House Office Staffer at Harrison College House.

ERIN O’MALLEY

Erin is a senior majoring in Comparative Literature and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies and minoring in Asian American Studies and Creative Writing. Their research is interested in putting the depiction of Asian immigrants as aliens in early 20th science fiction comics in conversation with the historical legacy of the immigration term “alien.” Erin serves as the Co-Chair of the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board and the President of The Excelano Project. They are also an Asian American Studies Fellow, a Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow, and an Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Fellow.

CHINAZA RUTH OKONKWO

Chinaza is a junior studying Philosophy and History. Her research centers around the lives and experiences of Igbo people throughout the 15th-21st centuries. She hopes to explore the philosophical leanings of “pre-modern” Igbo people and the effects that colonization and the subsequent creation of Biafra have had on the present condition and the future of Igbo philosophy. Her goal is to ignite research into a variety of different philosophies across the world that have been forgotten and to spark more interest among African philosophers to explore, rediscover, and insist upon the life and value of their ethnic group’s philosophical tradition. Chinaza is a Robeson Cooper Scholar, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and Perry World House Student Fellow. She is a member of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), Coalition Against Fraternity Sexual Assault (CAFSA), CURF Research Peer Advisor, and research assistant to a variety of projects.