December 2012

Volume 1 | Issue 4


Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

Administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Dear MMUF Fellows,

Happy holidays! The hard work which has been occurring to create the foundation for MMFPN was evidenced by the number of MMUF alumni who attended the first MMFPN Kick-off event held in New York City. Throughout the next year, there will be opportunities to attend MMFPN Kick-off events in various cities across the United States. Please look through the newsletter for details.

Remember, once a Mellon, always a Mellon!


MMFPN Staff,

Dr. Caryl McFarlane
Senior Program Officer
Mellon Mays Programs and Pickering Fellowships

Courteney Ervin
Program Associate
Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

Lauren Zondag
Program Assistant
Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

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New York City MMFPN Kickoff:
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“I really appreciated that the event included ALL Mellon alumni and not just those in graduate school and/or pursuing academia. I met and reconnected with some really wonderful people who are doing fascinating work in other fields, and it was a highlight of my evening.”
 - Jarvis McInnis, New York City MMFPN Kickoff
Future MMFPN Kickoffs:

Washington, D.C. - January
California - February
Austin, TX- March
Chicago, IL - April
Atlanta, GA - May
 Boston, MA - June


Featured Fellows in the Southeast



Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard
Trial Lawyer and Litigator,
Pollard LLC
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I remember sitting in a classroom at Cornell, in one of my first Mellon meetings, with Professor Dorothy Mermin. Professor Mermin recounted the story of a recent graduate (and Mellon fellow) who had gone off to law school then practiced law for two years only to conclude that he hated practicing law.  He was applying to PhD programs and fighting like mad to get back into academia.  That cautionary tale stuck with me. 

After Cornell, I taught high school English in southwest Baltimore City, Maryland.  After that, I went to law school at Georgetown.  I was fortunate enough to spend three years working for the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.  It was an interesting time.  I did a great deal of high level securities and antitrust work, both plaintiff and defense, I learned lots and I made some great friends.  In April 2012, I left Boies to strike out on my own.  I now have my own practice in Fort Lauderdale where I handle a mix of litigation, but especially cases involving investment fraud and all aspects of competition law. I have a particular interest in disputes involving non-compete agreements. Presently, I am working on a law review article about non-compete agreements among medical professionals, consolidation in the healthcare market and antitrust. 

Admittedly, sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to pursue a PhD in English or history.  At times, I have even contemplated getting an MFA in creative writing.  But these are just daydreams.  In his famous poem Exile, Donald Hall wrote, "The manufactured country is so green."  And indeed it is.  For now, at least, I practice law and have a pretty good time doing it.

Email Jonathan Pollard
Blog: The Non-compete Blog


David Bargueno

David Bargueno
Foreign Affairs Officer, Presidential Management Fellow, Secretary's Office of Global Food Security,
U.S. Department of the State
Washington, D.C. 

Working at the State Department is an honor and a privilege. First, it is an honor to serve the country that has given so much to my family, to my friends, and to me. I take pride in knowing that I serve the United States of America, a country where a child from a low-income, minority community can dream big, work hard, and achieve. That is our story, and that is the story of many of my role models. Second, it is a privilege to work in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of working where I could learn something new every day, but where this learning would be additive and for a higher purpose. My father always said to me: ‘Encuentra un trabajo que te gusta, y nunca tendrás que trabajar un día en tu vida’ (trans. Find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life). Apparently, Confucius said something similar, as did Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid). I took their advice to heart. Food insecurity and malnutrition raise complex questions on the global access, availability, and uses of food. We cannot afford not to do something about these issues right now. There is so much more I must learn; there is so much more we must do. Together.

Email David Bargueno
Article: Hispanic Heritage Month 2012



University of Washington
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Lecturer, Full-time

Cuyahoga Community College
Global Issues Resource Center
Program Coordinator II

University of Toronto
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education
Social and Cultural Theory and Philosphy of Education

Associate/Assistant Professor

Princeton University
Princeton Writing Program
Full & Part-Time Lectureships

The Pennsylvania State University
African American Studies
Assistant Professor


Smithsonian Institution
James Smithson Fellowship
January 15, 2013

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Center for the Study of the American South
Postdoctoral Fellowship
July 1, 2013

Ithaca College
The School of Arts and Sciences
Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowships
August 16, 2013

Education Pioneers
Graduate School Fellowship
February 1, 2013

Analyst Fellowship

Febraury 15, 2013

Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. (SCAASI)
February 7 to 9, 2013
Tallahassee, Florida

College Language Association

73 Annual Convention "Mason-Dixon & Maginot Lines"
April 10 to 13, 2013
University of Kentucky

The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of  the United States (MELUS)
25th Annual Conference "The Changing Landscape of American Multiethnic Literature through Historical Crises"
March 14 to 17, 2013
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Native American Literature Symposium
March 21 to 23, 2013
Minneapolis, Minnesota



The Berkeley Ethnic Studies Journal:
Ninteen Sixty Nine

"Healing Justice"



Carribean Philosophical Association

Carribean Studies Assoication

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Faculty and Development Network

National Endowment for the Humanities

New York Interschool

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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