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2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Use the links on the left hand side to see information about our past fellows. More information on the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program can be found here.

Mariah Dozé

Mariah Dozé, of Saint Louis, Missouri, is a rising fourth-year at Emory University pursuing a B.A. in sociology and African American studies as a Robert W. Woodruff Dean's Achievement Scholar (DAS) She is interested in prison reform and striving for racial and economic justice in the U.S. legal system.  She has worked in the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) national office as the only undergraduate intern in the Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP), where she conducted sociolegal research and corresponded with attorneys to help prepare court cases for trial. An avid researcher, Dozé's research exploring the intersection between rhetorical studies and social justice was awarded publication in the peer-reviewed, scholarly journal Young Scholars in Writing. On campus, she works to advance under-served populations through initiatives like the DUC-ling Worker Scholarship Fund, which she founded to support food service workers on her campus. She also co-founded the Emory chapter of IGNITE, which is an organization that seeks to close the gender gap in politics and support women interested in becoming public servants. Currently, she is studying abroad in Ghana gaining insight into the Ghanaian penal system and learning about economic development. Dozé hopes to pursue a J.D. to further her study of human and civil rights law after graduation and will work with ABF Research Professor Laura Beth Nielsen during her summer fellowship.

Lisette Gonzalez-Flores

Lisette Gonzalez-Flores, of Glendale Heights, Illinois, is a rising junior at the University of Chicago majoring in Sociology and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies as an Odyssey and Questbridge Scholar. She is a fiercely proud Latina, daughter of Mexican immigrants, and the first in her family to attend college. While at UChicago, she has dedicated herself to making this institution a more inclusive community by serving on the Executive Boards of El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (MEChA), a decades old national student organization created from the seeds of the Chicano Movement, and Leaders of Color, an organization committed to providing students of color with leadership and professional development. Gonzalez-Flores is passionate about immigrant rights, working as a legal researcher for an immigration law firm in Chicago last summer. She is interested in the intersection of immigration, law, and higher education, seeking to understand the barriers to mobility for Latinx immigrants. Gonzalez-Flores hopes to pursue a both a J.D and Ph.D in Sociology and will work with ABF Director Emeritus Robert Nelson during her summer fellowship. 

Nya Hardaway

Nya Hardaway, of Cleveland, Ohio, is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in African and African American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is interested in the historical impact of the legal system on the lived experiences of marginalized people, specifically Black women and girls. A Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, Nya is currently researching how racial and gender disparities in discipline and criminalization in educational institutions influence the ways in which Black girls perceive themselves and form relationships with their peers. Outside of her studies, Nya is the President of Washington University’s Association of Black Students. She also serves as a Writing Center Tutor and a volunteer Coordinator of City Faces, a mentoring program that serves African American children in inner city St. Louis to help them individually explore talents and habits of achievement with a mentor. In Spring 2019, Nya lived for a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied debates in African history and the politics of decolonization. Nya hopes to purse a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in history to study historical implications of inequality and systemic oppression and will work with ABF Research Professor Chris Schmidt.

Evan Zhao

Evan Zhao,
 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a rising senior at the University of Chicago in a joint degree program pursuing a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and an M.A. in the Social Sciences. He is interested in postcolonial subjectivities, cultural migration, information technology law, political economy, and the history of liberalism. At the University of Chicago, he has participated in the Center for Leadership and Involvement, served on the Student Advisory Council of the Center for Identity and Inclusion, and worked as a research assistant in the Harris School of Public Policy. In his sophomore year, he began an independent project as a University of Chicago PRISM Research Scholar, conducting qualitative research on global modernity in China using interviews and ethnographic methods. Inspired by his bicultural upbringing, his project challenges totalizing notions of neoliberal identity politics, offering a historicist and culturally aware approach towards a politics of difference. Zhao hopes to pursue a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in political sociology to further his involvement with intercultural diplomacy and will work with ABF Executive Director and Research Professor Ajay Mehrotra during his summer fellowship.

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