Meet the 2019-2020 Scholars

For the 2019 – 2020 academic year, we have five diversity fellows, identified through a competitive national search process in accordance with standard college procedures for all faculty searches. 

Dissertation Fellows:

Natasha Bharj, fellow in the Department of Psychology, is a PhD candidate in the Social Psychology program at the University of Kansas. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Surrey, in the UK. Natasha's research integrates decolonial and feminist theory with a cultural psychological approach. She is currently writing her dissertation, which utilizes social cognition research to examine ethnocentrism in normative beliefs about women's sexuality.

Stephan Lefebvre is in the Department of Economics teaching Race and Economic Power in the fall and Mathematical Economics in the spring. He is writing a dissertation on extended family wealth and higher education as a PhD student at American University. He has research published on Puerto Rico in Diálogo, a Latin American and Latinx Studies journal, and on stratification economics in an edited collection on "post-racial" frameworks (forthcoming, 2020, Routledge). Lefebvre earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his M.A. from American University.

Jonathan Osborne, fellow in the Writing Department, is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Northeastern University. Last year, Osborne co-edited a collection of essays titled Landmark Essays on Rhetorics of Difference (2018, Routledge). His dissertation, currently titled "Difference within Difference: A Study of Modern Black Conservative Rhetoric" analyzes the rhetorical techniques of prominent Black conservatives to understand how they persuade audiences. Osborne earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from Tulane University.

Gloria E. Poveda joins the Department of Education and her fall course is Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. She is finishing her dissertation, “Pedagogies of The Movement: Malaquias Montoya and Teachings of Chicano Public Art” as a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Poveda (previously Toriche) earned a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Davis and an M. A. in Chicana/o Studies with an emphasis in Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Postdoctoral Fellow:

Ryan Moruzzi is in the Department of Mathematics, teaching Calculus I this Fall. His area of research is Representation Theory and Lie Theory. As a graduate student, he was actively involved in the National Math Alliance, whose goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students getting into PhD programs in mathematics. He also organized a Math Circle at an elementary school where he worked to support and increase the success in mathematics of fourth/fifth-grade students. Ryan was recognized for his work, receiving numerous awards, including a Commencement award and being appointed Student Marshal.