Mellon-Bouchet Fellows: Class of 2018

Nathaniel Barbour

 

Nathaniel Barbour

Mellon Fellow

Nathaniel Barbour is an intensive physics major in Morse College.  He hopes to study plasma physics for the purpose of nuclear fusion energy research.  He works in Dr. Charles Baltay’s lab focusing on analyzing Type Ia supernovae to study the expansion history of the universe and how it relates to dark energy.

Luna Beller-Tadiar
 

Luna Beller-Tadiar
Bouchet Fellow

Luna Beller-Tadiar is a member of Timothy Dwight College, most recently from NYC. She is interested in the political potential of art and architecture, and the (re)inscription of sociality and self by media and material forms. She hopes to take an interdisciplinary look at postcolonial and diasporic Southeast Asian cultural and aesthetic production, especially vernacular architecture in the urban Philippines, in order to understand how people on the margins resist, theorize, and (re)construct their lives through everyday acts of making.

Yuni (Yoon) Chang
 
Yuni (Yoon) Chang

Bouchet Fellow

Yuni Chang is an Ethnicity, Race, & Migration major in Morse College. She is deeply interested in investigating Black-Asian relations through the lens of cultural/artistic productions as they both reflect and inform the evolution of intergroup racial politics, tensions, and aesthetics. In her research she aims to explore how legacies of subjection and resistance frame colored peoples’ creative labor & formation of visual, literary, and performative markers of identity and inherited struggle. She is committed to challenging anti-Blackness, and further problematizing the rhetoric of “cross-racial solidarity by virtue of overlapping oppressions” through contributing to an existing framework of understanding collective redistribution of labor and material resources.

Cesar Garcia Lopez
 

Cesar Garcia Lopez
Mellon Fellow

Cesar Garcia Lopez is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major in Ezra Stiles College. He is a member of the Skelly lab at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science.  He’s interested in studying the impacts of anthropogenic activities on amphibian populations.

Ayotunde Ifaturoti
 

Ayotunde Ifaturoti
Bouchet Robertson Fellow

Ayotunde Ifaturoti is a psychology major  and proud member of Davenport College. She was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and raised for most of her life in New Jersey with here parents and three sisters. She is interested in social and developmental psychology and her research aims to explore children’s shifting socio-cognitive processes. She is particularly interested in the social phenomenon of “colorblindness”, the avoidance of mentioning race in social interaction, especially its development in young children and the factors that might cause it.

Sergio Infante
 
Sergio Infante

Bouchet Fellow

Sergio is a History major with an interest in postcolonial theory and its applications to Third-Worldist politics. In particular, he plans to study regionalism and regional solidarity as these are expressed in the musics of the Global South, particularly with an eye to Morocco, Cuba, Brazil, the DRC, India-Pakistan and Israel-Palestine. He hopes that this research will demonstrate the challenges, rewards, and perils of cultural diplomacy in the so-called Third-World.  

Nina Mesfin
 
Nina Mesfin

Mellon Mays Fellow

Born and raised in Chicago, Nina is an Ethnicity, Race and Migration major, concentrating in Art, Literature, and Narratives of Race and Ethnicity. She is also a scholar in Yale’s Human Rights Program. Her interests lie in the field of antiquities, particularly the implications of looting and trafficking on the preservation of cultural heritage. Through her work with antiquities, Nina hopes to illuminate the cross-section between cultural preservation and human rights.

Isadora Milanez

Isadora Milanez
Bouchet Fellow

Isadora is a Brazilian-raised-in-Miami scholar of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She uses quantitative sociological methods as well as critical theory approaches to think about domestic work and the value of traditionally female labor. Her current project analyzes the change in domestic workers’ wages in Brazil following a 2013 legislative change that granted domestic workers extended labor rights.

Elizabeth Spenst
 
Elizabeth Spenst

Mellon Fellow

Elizabeth is an African American Studies major in Morse College originally from Fort Lee, NJ. She studies art of the black diaspora, and is currently focusing on the curation of black visual art in major museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Her research examines not only the placement and volume of black art in cultural institutions, but also reception and the evolving language used by people to talk about black art.

Angela (Ye Eun) Sim
 

Angela (Ye Eun) Sim
Mellon Fellow

Angela Sim is a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major in Jonathan Edwards College. She is interested in how racial Others are also made into sexual Others, in how racial formation and formation of sexual categories are interlinked. She’s currently interested in studying the Page Act of 1875 to find out how the construction of Chinese women as a social threat influenced the emergence of sexuality as a social category.

Jinchen Zou
 

Jinchen Zou
Bouchet Fellow

Jinchen Zou is a junior studying Economics & Math and Global Affairs. Her interests lie at the intersection of climate change and development. Her research focuses on the economics of climate change induced migration in small island nations. This summer, she conducted field research in Kiribati to understand how beliefs and knowledge about climate change affect household decision making in the South Pacific.