Encounters with key faculty members helped Hameedha Khan overcome the uncertainty that marked her initial days at USC.
Recent Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship recipient and English major Joseph Debaerien gets inspiration for his writing from his fellow travelers. [5 min read]
Emmy Esquerre links “queer phobia” in today’s Black communities to the political and religious systems put in place by European colonizers and missionaries in Africa and South America. [3¾ min read]
Inspired by scholar-activists such as Angela Davis and international social movements for Black liberation, Mellon Mays Fellow Felanté Charlemagne’s research focuses on prison abolition, decarceration and the Black radical tradition. [5 min read]
Former Mellon Mays scholar Amaka Okechukwu ’08 reflects on poetry, social justice and the uncertain future for diversity in higher education. [6 ½ min read]
In Cape Town shortly after the death of Nelson Mandela, USC Dornsife Mellon Mays fellows attend an international conference and engage with young scholars whose first years were spent under apartheid in South Africa.