Three Alumni Awarded Prestigious Fellowships Aimed at Enhancing Diversity in Higher Education

Nicole A. Burrowes, Chris A. Eng, and Conor Tomás Reed

Three Graduate Center alumni were named Career Enhancement Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

The fellowship program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the arts and humanities. The program seeks scholars with promising research projects and provides them with a six-month or one-year sabbatical stipend (up to $30,000); a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); mentoring; and participation in a professional development retreat. 

Two alumni received six-month fellowships. 

Nicole A. Burrowes (Ph.D.’15, History) is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary appointment is in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, and she has affiliations in the Department of History and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. She is also a faculty affiliate in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. In September, she will join the Rutgers University History Department. 

Her book manuscript, Seeds of Solidarity: African-Indian Relations and the 1935 Labor Rebellions in British Guiana, explores the historical possibility of a movement forged by those at the edge of empire in the midst of economic and environmental crisis. Her research seeks to answer questions about the practice of solidarity; the legacies of dispossession, enslavement and indenture; the politics of diaspora; and how power, identity, and material struggle are shaped over time.

Burrowes also recently received a $40,000 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2020. At The Graduate Center, Burrowes was mentored by Professor Herman Bennett (History). “He really supported me to complete my dissertation, and he continues to be supportive,” she says. 

Chris A. Eng (Ph.D.’16, English) is an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches courses on U.S. ethnic literatures and performances through theorizations of affect, Asian American studies, diaspora, empire, and queer of color critique. He is currently completing his book project, Extravagant Provisions: Constraint and Queer Conviviality in Asian American Camps; its dissertation form received the CLAGS 2016 Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize. His writings have appeared in such venues as American QuarterlyGLQJournal of Asian American StudiesLateralMELUS, and Theatre Journal

At CUNY, he co-founded the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) as an undergraduate and the Mentoring Future Faculty of Color Project as a doctoral student. In addition to a Ph.D., Eng has a B.A. from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. 

One graduate received an adjunct faculty fellowship. 

Conor Tomás Reed (Ph.D. ’19, English) is a Puerto Rican/Irish multi-gendered street scholar and freedom maker who teaches Africana Studies and American Studies at Brooklyn College. Reed is a contributing editor with LÁPIZ Journal and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and a participant in Free CUNY and Rank and File Action (RAFA). Reed is developing a book about the rise of Black, Puerto Rican, and Women’s Studies and movements at The City College of New York and in New York City from 1960 to the present, as well as a trilingual anthology of Black Women’s Studies in the Americas and the Caribbean during this period. In addition to his Ph.D., Reed has a B.A. in English literature from The City College of New York. 

Submitted on: MAY 12, 2020

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