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College of Arts & Sciences
Institute for African American Research

Research Fellows

The IAAR Research Fellowships are competitive awards that support projects in any area of African, African American, or African Diaspora research and primarily focus on encouraging research and creative activities to generate projects that will enter the mainstream, raise public awareness, and have the potential to secure additional funding for extended study. These grants emphasize interdisciplinary research, seek to encourage development of traditional grant applications, and work to promote scholarly interchange.

2017-2018 Research Fellowship Recipients

Graduate Students

Tiffany Jones, PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

From Virgin to Virtuous: Exploring the Socialization and Authentication Practices of Spoken Word Poetry

Kaleea Lewis, PhD Candidate
Department Health, Promotion, Education, and Behavior
Arnold School of Public Health

Racism, African American College Students' Mental Health, and the Efficacy of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: A Case Study

Gary Sellick, PhD Candidate
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Black Skin, Red Coats: The Carolina Corps and Racial Identity in the British Caribbean


Dr. Florencia Cornet
TRiO Department
Opportunity Scholars Program

Dutch Caribbean Performativities: A Critical Analysis of Gender, Literature, Visual Arts, adn Popular Culture from the Curacaoan Diaspora

Dr. Laura Smith
School of Journalism and Mass Communications

College of Information and Communications

Minority Millennials and News Engagement

Dr. Najmah Thomas
Department of Social Sciences
USC Beaufort

Preservation, Perseverance and Prosperity: How the Gullah/Geechee Community can Leverage a Living Monument