September  2012

Volume 1 | Issue 1


Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

Administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Dear MMUF Fellows:

As we enter the fall season, we are pleased to share our first Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network newsletter. The Network continues to grow with former Mellon Fellows sharing and connecting in our growing Facebook and LinkedIN groups.


Each month the newsletter will feature three or four Mellon alumni. Although this month’s alumni are all within the field of education, we are not restricting the opportunity for being featured in the newsletter to one area. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for a feature entry in our next newsletter.  


Additionally, each newsletter will include both career building and academic opportunities in the Northeast region, such as: fellowships, scholarships, jobs, conferences and networking venues. Each section of the MMFPN newsletter will depend upon your participation and input.


Next month’s newsletter will focus on the Pacific region. Do you know of  any job opportunities, conferences, networking events, or scholarships specific to this area? If you live in the Pacific region and would like to be featured in the next newsletter, please hit reply and contact us now!


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Dr. William Bowen, MMUF Co-Founder Dr. Henry Drewry, MMUF Co-Founder

Left: Dr. William Bowen, co-founder of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Right: Dr. Henry Drewry, co-founder of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program



Dr. Erin D. Chapman, MMUF Alumna
Meet Mellon alumna
Dr. Erin D. Chapman


I’ve recently published my first book, a history of changing ideas about black women and their uses in the politics and cultural productions of the New Negro era entitled Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s, published by Oxford University Press. Prove It On Me was many years in the making. As a Stanford Mellon Fellow, I began researching the gender politics of the long struggle for African American advancement, then in the form of the conflict and commonalities between Black Power and Black Feminism in the 1970s. My engagement with this field continues as my next book-length project will be an investigation of the long history of U.S. black feminism. Having grown up in Texas, studied and worked in California, Indiana, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and held my first faculty position in Mississippi, I’m glad to have finally settled in the Washington, DC area with my black Lab, Masie. Let me know if you come to town!


- Dr. Erin D. Chapman



Dr. Emily Mark- Fitzgerald

Mellon alumna awarded tenure at University College



I am currently a Permanent Lecturer in Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin (equivalent to an Assistant Professor), where I teach and research across both subjects. My research and scholarship concerns the visual/material culture, memory and commemoration of migration. I’ve spent the last year on sabbatical (sponsored by a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation), and it’s been very busy!


In March I was awarded tenure at my university, and spent most of April on a research trip to Australia (sponsored by the Royal Irish Academy) working on a new research project that concerns the construction of recent museums of migration, focusing in the the first instance on those engaged with the Irish and European experience. I’ll be visiting Nova Scotia and Quebec later this year (sponsored by the Government of Canada) on the same project; my eventual long-term goal is to develop a European grant-funded, multi-year research collaboration with colleagues from other universities. I’ve also just finished my first book, Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument, which is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press-and gave birth to my second son the day after completing the manuscript! It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m looking forward to a busy schedule when I return from maternity leave in 2013.




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Dr. Wesley Watkins, founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project


A place where jazz and democracy meet


“There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble.”- Michelle Obama


I began The Jazz & Democracy Project (J&D) in November 2009, and in just three short years the program has inspired thousands of children on three continents to think about their place in the world through the lens of jazz.


J&D teaches students what is required of jazz musicians to create their collectively improvised art. Students are then shown how the same characteristics became part of The U.S. Constitution. Students witness and experience tenets of American democracy through their learning of jazz, and use this unique jazz lens to critique our current practice of democracy.


If you are a jazz lover, historian, or are intrigued by innovative ways to promote critical thinking, please visit the J&D website ( or send Dr. Wes an email at



Ernesto Martinez picMellon alum and 2012 Lambda Literary Award recipient Dr. Ernesto Martinez


Mellon alum wins Lambda Literary Award


This year was full of blessings and welcomed transitions! I am happy to share that I received tenure this year and was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Oregon. In addition, my co-edited volume of essays Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (Duke UP, 2011) was recognized this June with a Lambda Literary Award in the category of best LGBT anthology. I have a new book coming out this fall, entitled On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility. This book was a revision of my dissertation, and I am very proud that it will be the first publication in the new series “Stanford Studies in Comparative Race and Ethnicity.” I am currently on sabbatical and working on several writing projects. One project is a co-edited volume of essays that brings together junior faculty of color to theorize and reflect upon the conditions in research universities that lead to our construction as “strugglers.”



Professional Profile:

Books: On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility

Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader










We want to be your resource for fellowships, scholarships and conferences!

We can’t do this without your input!


Upcoming Conferences


Luminance is a 2-day conference featuring two dozen top speakers from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways. Click here for more information.


For the fourth consecutive year, the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) conference, which will be held on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, introduces New England as a potential study abroad destination. Click here for more information.


Institute for Senior Communications and Marketing Professionals is hosting a three day conference for senior communications and marketing professionals. Click here for more information.


Annual Conference for Publications Professionals- This conference is for the contemporary “publications” person who understands the audience, holds to the highest standards and seeks professional growth.

Click here for more information.


AAAA Fellowships at State and USAID are open to U.S. citizens who have a PhD or an equivalent doctoral-level degree at the time of application or a master’s degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience. Click here for more information


National Humanities Center Fellowships 2013-2014.

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ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences.Click here for more information.


Networking Events

Young Executives Speed Networking Event at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia, PA. Click here for more details.


New Jersey Professionals Networking Event at the Princeton Sports Bar. Click here for more details.


Columbia University Club of New England- Boston area alumni connect with and welcome new graduates 2012 who are new to the Boston area! Please click here for more event details.


Educators’ Back to School Mixer & Networking Event at Polar Lounge. Click here for more details.


The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities is offering five (5) one- year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships available for the 2013-2014 academic year for untenured scholars. Click here for more information.


National Institute of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is offering promising students who wish to pursue accelerAted Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. training at the cutting edge of biomedical research. Click here for program details.


The M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship for Women in Physics consists of an award up to $45,000 to enable women to return to enable women to return to physics research careers. Click here for more information.


United Negro College Fund Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships awards up to $52,000. Click here for more information.


Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among Priority Populations will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two candidates to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Click here for more information.


The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women pursuing a Ph.D. Click here for more information.


Michael Jackson and Rhythm Nation Scholarships- Siblings Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson created this scholarship for UNCF students majoring in Visual/Performing Arts in addition to English and Communication. Click here for more information.


Job Listings

Instructor or Assistant Professor-Sociology, Queensborough Community College


Assistant Teaching Professor, Africana Studies, Drexel University


Research Assistant, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform


Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, Cornell University


Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute


Intern, Foreign Policy Program, The Brookings Institute


Director, Education Policy Center, The Urban Institute
















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Mellon Mays Programs

and Pickering Fellowships


Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

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