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Undergraduate Research

Anna Julia Cooper Research Fellows

AJC Center Research Fellows complete independent research projects that investigate political questions at the intersections of gender, race, and region. Fellows propose their own project topics and work closely with a faculty adviser. Fellows positions are open to Wake Forest University and Bennett College students in their sophomore year or above. Fellows present their research at a Spring symposium.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center Summer Research program is a competitive program designed to provide undergraduate  students with cohort experience in conducting research.  This program requires a full 8-week commitment, June 5- July 31. Participants in the program take part in seminars, lectures, and social events. At the end of the program, students give presentations of their research and get valuable feedback from students, postdocs, and faculty. Housing and a stipend of $750 are provided. Students interested in the program should be interested in conducting research with an intersectional focus.

2017 Summer Research Fellows:

Kimberly Romero
Rose O’Brian
Mackenzie Wilkins
Dalia Namak
Brianna Reddick

Previous Fellows:

Eliza Arnold (Spring 2013): Biographical research on Anna Julia Cooper
Callie Cleckner (Spring 2015): The Gendered Notions of America’s Deadliest Disease: A Call to Action for Southern Women’s Health
Nia Evans (Spring 2015): Curriculum, Power, and Civic Health: The Stories of Black History Month
Bianca Falcon (Spring 2013): Desegregation of Tulane University
Morgan Franklin (Spring 2013): Voter suppression and initiatives in the 2012 elections; (Fall 2012): Research assistance for postdoctoral fellow Trimiko Melancon
Ariel Guidry (Fall 2012): “Election Perspectives” video blogs
Leah Jaques (Spring 2013 & Fall 2012): Desegregation of Tulane University documentary
Brothely “Malique” Jones (Fall 2015): Engaging Minority Students in the Environmental Sciences at an Early Age
Benjamin Mills (Spring 2015): The Last House Left Standing: Mississippi Personhood & The Changing Tide of Reproductive Legislation
Virginia Morgan (Fall 2012): Best practices for commemorating desegregation of higher education institutes
Suvra Mostafa (Fall 2015): What it Means to Work: Greater Implications of Economic Opportunities for Low Income Youth in Winston Salem, NC
Rachel Rubinstein (Spring 2013): Stereotypes and resilience among black women in New Orleans
Sarah Rudasill (Spring 2015): The Impact of a Medicaid Expansion on HIV-Positive Men and Women in the Southern United States; (Fall 2015): Do Health Care Systems Discriminate? A Comparative Policy Analysis of Health Inequality in the United States and United Kingdom
Lauren Shapiro (Fall 2012): Literature review of multidisciplinary understandings of how we talk about race
TJ Smith (Fall 2015): Brown v. Board Education and Teacher Salary Equalization Among Black School Systems
Anna Grace Tribble (Spring 2015): The Construction of Marginality: Latina Migrant Farmworkers, Sexual Abuse, and the Challenge of Policy-Making
Jaiza Wesley (Fall 2015): Does the Gender or Sexual Orientation of the Perpetrator and the Type of Retaliation Affect the Domestic Violence Perceptions of African American Female College Students?
Darius Williams (Fall 2015): Tough on Drugs and Tough on Incarceration:The Creation of the Criminal Justice Narratives through the Presidential Rhetoric of Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama