Jada Copeland, a junior from Virginia Beach, is majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She has been pursuing her research interests on implicit and explicit biases towards minority groups and interracial couples. As a Glauber fellow, Jada plans to implement new research on the topic she is most passionate about: perceptions of interracial marriage. She hopes to further her understanding of the role implicit bias plays on the perceptions of individuals who confront injustices and discrimination towards interracial couples. She intends to provide more information on this untouched subject and to show that more work is needed to find new methods of reducing bias and discrimination. On campus, Jada is the president of the Syndicate Dance team, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and works for the External Relations department of Swem Library.
Cayla Harrison, a sophomore from Arlington VA, is passionate about Middle East history, European history, and Evolutionary Psychology. She is particularly interested in how these areas of study intersect to inform modern conflicts, criminality, and law. In 2019, Cayla was given a research opportunity as a William and Mary Scholar summer research grant recipient. Through this program, she conducted research entitled Maternal Mortality In U.S. Prison Systems, under the direction of Prof. Iyabo Obasanjo. Now, as a Glauber Fellow, Cayla will be translating and transcribing seventeenth-century Spanish Inquisition documents alongside Professor Homza and Lauren Fanning. Through examining legal records about Olague, Cayla hopes to explore how the complicated dynamics of family, gender, and secular, inquisitorial, and episcopal courts interacted in the Basque witch-hunt of 1608-1612.
Ogechukwu Okoli, a sophomore double majoring in Kinesiology & Health Sciences and Psychological Sciences on the pre-med track. On campus, she is involved in multiple student-run organizations including Merrimac Mentors, Lafayette Kids, Minorities in Medicine, and Ebony Expressions Gospel Choir, of which she is the treasurer. During her freshman year, Oge conducted a project with her freshman hall, analyzing students’ willingness to confront sexist attitudes from their peers about women’s sports teams. Oge was initially drawn to this work not only because of the service she has done but also because these issues have personal relevance, since she too is a member of a few of these groups. As a Glauber Fellow, she will be working with Professor Dickter researching circumstances and factors that affect the confrontation of prejudicial remarks against marginalized groups.
Ally Brown | Senior; Government and Environmental Science and Policy Double Major; Vienna, VA
Ally has always been passionate about environmental issues, and her experience in the Government department has allowed her to engage in research connecting that passion with her interest in political behavior. Her experience as an intern at the Environmental Protection Agency gave her the opportunity to interact with local communities facing economic and environmental downturn, and her work there peaked her interest in the connection between local economic conditions and pro-environmental behavior. As a Glauber Fellow, Ally will be looking to formally investigate that connection. She will be researching the relationship between the United States shale oil boom in 2010 and recent changes in public opinion regarding climate change. Through this research, she hopes to explore how economic shifts affect the extent to which individuals acknowledge the existence of climate change, especially in localities that experience the consequences of natural resource extraction firsthand.
Gustavo Espinosa | Junior; Sociology with concentration in globalization, philosophy minor; Miami, FL
Gustavo is a junior majoring in sociology with a concentration in globalization. He is also planning to minor in philosophy or data science. He has a passion for pursuing research projects that combine his intellectual interests with his experience living in Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. He has conducted independent research on outdoor education in U.S. public high schools, the popular party game Cards Against Humanity, cross-dressing in Afghanistan, and memes in the Turkish diaspora. As a Glauber Fellow, he plans to explore a topic and country near and dear to his heart: online activism in Venezuela. He hopes to use mixed methods to better understand the role the internet and social media play in disseminating information, mobilizing protest efforts and coordinating participatory forms of democracy in the face of state censorship, propaganda, corruption, and violent repression. On campus, Gustavo advises his peers on scholarships/fellowships in the Charles Center, and he leads outdoor trips for the Tribe Adventure Program. Gustavo is also involved in the Latin American Student Union and the social fraternity, Delta Chi.
Jasmine Geonzon | Junior; Sociology and American Studies Double Major; Virginia Beach, VA
Geonzon will be conducting research on citizen and non-expert journalism. Her research will look at the events that prompt the rise of citizen journalists to publish their lived experiences, how established news sources interact with or rely on these novice reporters as a source for breaking news, and what value citizen journalists add for social movement organizers who are actively planning their next steps. By looking at whether these stories can be vetted at paces fast enough to keep up with developing stories, this could open a larger dialogue about establishing trustworthiness and authority in reporting. Geonzon will also study how this type of journalism affects the greater ecosystem of the journalism industry.
Liz Miller | Junior; International Relations, History Major; Winchester, VA
Liz Miller is a rising junior double majoring in International Relations and History. She is particularly interested in Eastern Europe. On campus, she is the Vice President of Unicef at W&M and the Secretary of W&M Amnesty International. As a Glauber Fellow, she is continuing work with Faculty Fellow Maliniak researching former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, analyzing the content and topics of his speeches and writings from the beginning of his presidency to the present.
Mbiye Naomi Kasonga | Marketing and Self-Design (Innovation & Design) major; Newport News, VA
Naomi Kasonga is a senior double majoring in Marketing and a self-designed major in New Media and Cultural studies. She has always had a passion for digital culture, and it was this passion that led her to create a self-designed major in order to study the topic more formally. She is currently serving as the Station Manager for WMTV, the student-run television station at The College. She is also a communications associate in Agency 1693, the student-run marketing agency at the Mason School of Business.
Over the course of this fellowship, she will be researching topics dealing with machine vision, and more specifically locative media and QR codes. She hopes to contribute to the current body of work about common uses of locative media, and the ways that machine vision can allow us to peer into narratives that can&'t be seen with the naked eye. She is interested in these tools as a site for storytelling, and want to explore questions of ownership and authorship of these stories.
Talia Wiener | Junior; Interdisciplinary Studies major; Charlottesville, VA
Talia Wiener is a junior majoring in Storytelling and New Media. She has a strong interest in journalism and spent the past summer interning at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. On campus, she is Online Editor for The Flat Hat. Talia took part in the Sharp Seminar during the 2017-2018 academic year and traveled to Alaska to report on native language revitalization efforts. Talia is particularly interested in the intersection of activism and social media. As a Glauber fellow, she is researching the use of Instagram by youth environmental activists. She hopes to discover the extent to which the photo-sharing app is helping these activists and in what areas it is hurting them.
Jehan Narielvala | Sophomore; Government, Film & Media Studies major; Toana, VA
Jehan Narielvala is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary. He plans on acquiring a double major in Government and Film & Media Studies. Over the summer, he has been working closely with Professor Maliniak on research dealing with the geopolitics behind coal plants. He is also conducting individual research exploring the effects of gender on tenure decisions in the top 50 political science and economics departments.
Aria Troupe: Junior; International Relations major; Rifle, CO
With her interest in geospatial analysis and social and environmental justice, Aria is looking forward to learning more about why coal plants are where they are and the effects they have on communities. Her previous research experience has focused on International Development with SPAID and MANOS, student-led research groups that use community-based research methods with the intent to build collective capacity for sustainable development projects. She has also worked with the Center for African Development on a spatial inequality project. Through these projects, she has gained a greater understanding of the intersection of government, economy, and sociology that has developed her interest in analyzing spatial inequality. On campus, she also works as a Site Coordinator for Branch Out Alternative Breaks in the Office of Community Engagement and is on the Executive Committee for Phi Mu Women's Fraternity.