Recipients: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

"A great University, true to its name, must encompass a universe of backgrounds and experiences, ideas and ideologies, theories and perspectives." These are the opening words of Penn's Diversity Action Plan, which evokes a vision of "one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran statuses, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds."

Our Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity are a key element of this commitment to achieve eminence through diversity, as expressed in both the original Action Plan and its recent progress report:

Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence
Progress Report on Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence

Current and Continuing Postdoctoral Fellows

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Current Recipients
Former Fellows

Elliot Aguilar

Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
Elliot Aguilar

Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences

Education:
2015, PhD, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior,
City University of New York, NY

2013, M. Phil. Biology,
City University of New York

2004, BA, Physics,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Thesis Title:
Predicting the past: modeling the history of a cultural trait

Thesis Research Advisor:
David C. Lahti, PhD, Department of Biology, City University of New York

Penn Department:
Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences

Penn Mentor:
Erol Akcay, PhD

Alexander Bennett

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Alexander Bennett

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Education:
PhD, Mechanical Engineering,
MA, Mechanical Engineering,
BA, Mechanical Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Thesis Title:
Regular and Irregular Wear of Elastomers in Combined Rolling and Sliding

Thesis Research Advisor:
W. Gregory Sawyer

Postdoc Research Topic:
Interfacial Mechanics of Soft Matter

Penn Department:
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Penn Mentor:
Kevin Turner and Rob. Carpick

Erin Bogan

Graduate School of Education, Education Policy Division
Erin Bogan

Graduate School of Education, Education Policy Division

Education:
2016, PhD, Education and Psychology,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2016, MA, Psychology,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2010, MS, Education,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2006, BA, English and Social Welfare,
University of California, Berkeley, CA

PhD Dissertation Title:
Beyond Supportive Parenting: The Mediating and Moderating Role of Preschoolers’ Self-Regulatory Competencies in the Relation Between Supportive Parenting and Academic Readiness Outcomes Among Families Participating in Head Start

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Tabbye Chavous and Jacqueline Mattis

Postdoc Research Topic:
Children’s development and positive family processes in the context of poverty

Penn Department:
Graduate School of Education, Education Policy Division

Penn Faculty Mentor:
John Fantuzzo and Vivian Gadsden

Janeria A Easley

Department of Sociology, Population Studies Center
Janeria A Easley

Department of Sociology, Population Studies Center

Education:
2016, Ph.D. Sociology, Princeton University
2007, B.A. Sociology and English, Duke University

Dissertation Title:
Hidden Inequality in Job Access: The Role of Residential Segregation in Spatial Mismatch

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Douglas Massey, Princeton University

Post Doc Research Topic:
Race, class, and stratification; homeownership; wealth; mobility; urban inequality

Penn Department:
Sociology

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Chenoa Flippen

 

Michael Gonzalez

Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital
Michael Gonzalez

Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Education:
2015, PhD, Immunology and Infectious Disease,
Washington State University, Pullman WA

2011, MS,Forensic Science,
California State University, Fresno, CA

2007, BS, Medical Biology,
California State University, Riverside, CA

Thesis Title:
Identification and Characterization of a Genome-wide Significant Region Associated with Erythrocyte Phenotypes in Domestic Sheep

Thesis Research Advisor:
Stephen White

Postdoc Research Topic:
Genetics of Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain in Pediatric Populations

Penn Department:
Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Penn Mentor:
Hakon Hakonarson, MD PhD and David Sherry, MD

Kathryn Hacker

Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics
Kathryn Hacker

Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Education:
PhD, Public Health,
M Phil, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
California State University, Fresno, CA

BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Thesis Title:
Environmental Heterogeneity, Rodent Population Dynamics, and Leptospirosis in Urban Slum Environments

Thesis Research Advisor:
Dr. Albert Ko

Postdoc Research Topic:
Dynamic Risk Map Modeling in Changing Urban Environments

Penn Department:
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics

Penn Mentor:
Dr. Mike Levy

M. Brielle Harbin

Political Science
M. Brielle Harbin

Political Science

Education:
2016, PhD, Political Science,
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2013, M. Political Science,
Brown University, Providence, RI

2006, BA, Government,
Smith College, Northampton, MA

PhD Dissertation Title:
Stereotypes and Stories: The Effect of Storytelling in the Political Arena

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Dr. Larry Bartels and Dr. Marc Hetherington (co-chairs)

Penn Department:
Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Daniel Hopkins (Political Science)

Website

Beth Harvey

Cell and Developmental Biology
Beth Harvey

Cell and Developmental Biology

Education:
2016, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

2010, BS, Chemistry and Animal Science,
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

PhD Dissertation Title:
Mapping Sites of O-Glycosylation on Drosophila Notch and Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of How Drosophila Fringe Modulates Notch-Ligand Binding

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Robert S. Haltiwanger

Postdoc Research Topic:
Optic Nerve Regeneration in Zebrafish

Penn Department:
Cell and Developmental Biology

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Michael Granato

Kevin Jenkins

Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology
Kevin Jenkins

Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology

Education:
2015 Ph.D. Sociology and Criminology and Law,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2009, M.A.S.S., History,
Florida A&M University, Tallhassee, FL

2004, BA, History,
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

PhD Dissertation Title:
The Social Construction of Race in Medicine

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Barbara A. Zsembik, Ph.D.

Postdoc Research Topic:
Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Race and Racism in Medicine

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Ph.D.

Website

Kelsey M Jones

Applied Psychology & Human Development Division
Kelsey M Jones

Applied Psychology & Human Development Division

Education:
2015 PhD University of Pennsylvania,
Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development

2010 MS Ed Childhood Special Education
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

2008 BA, Williams College
Williamstown, MA

Thesis Title:
Never Been: An Exploration of the Influence of Dis/ability, Giftedness, and Incarceration on Adolescents in Adult Correctional Facilities

Penn Department:
Applied Psychology & Human Development Division, Graduate School of Education

Penn Mentor:
Howard C. Stevenson, PhD

Website

Antonia Kaczkurkin

Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
Antonia Kaczkurkin

Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Education:
2014, PhD, Clinical Psychology
2011, MA, Clinical Psychology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2008, BA, Psychology
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

PhD Dissertation Title:
The contribution of fear conditioning to pathological anxiety: an investigation of conditioned fear generalization in OCD Traits and PTSD

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Shmuel Lissek, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Postdoc Research Topic:
Neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of anxiety disorders

Penn Department:
Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Theodore Satterthwaite, MD, Psychiatry Department, Perelman School of Medicine

Website

Brandon King

East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Brandon King

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Education:
2015, PhD, Chinese Studies,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

2012, M.A., Chinese Language and Literature,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2010, M.A. with distinction, Chinese Law,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK

2005, BA, Economics and Chinese Language and Literature
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

PhD Dissertation Title:
Adapting with the Times: Fajia Law and State Development

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Professor John Lagerwey

Postdoc Research Topic:
Legalism and other Warring States philosophical traditions

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Professor Paul Goldin

Angel Martinez

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
Angel Martinez

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Education:
2009 BS Physics
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

2014 PhD Physics,
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

Thesis Title:
Optical shaping of structural self-organization and topology in soft matter

Thesis Research Advisor:
Ivan I. Smalyukh, PhD
Department of Physics and Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Penn Department:
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Penn Mentor:
Arjun Yodh, PhD, Professor of Physics and Director of The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Website

Sobukwe Odinga

Political Science
Sobukwe Odinga

Political Science

Education:
2016, PhD, Political Science,
The City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, NY

2004, MA, Africana Studies,
New York University, New York, NY

2000, BA, Political Science,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Thesis Title:
Looking for Leverage: Strategic Resources, Contentious Bargaining, and US-African Security Cooperation

Thesis Research Advisor:
Irving Leonard Markovitz

Postdoc Research Topic:
Postdoc Research Topic: US-Africa relations with an emphasis on the politics of security cooperation

Penn Department:
Political Science

Penn Mentor:
Robert Vitali

Akira Rodriguez

School of Design, Department of City and Regional Planning
Akira Rodriguez

School of Design, Department of City and Regional Planning

Education:
2014, PhD, Public Policty,
Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

2008, MPA. Public Policy,
University of Pennyslvania, Philadelphia, PA

2004, BS, Economics,
Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

PhD Dissertation Title:
The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing: Race, Planning, and Inclusion, 1936-1975

PhD Thesis Advisor:
James DeFilippis

Postdoc Research Topic:
Preserving Black political spaces in the post-public housing city

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Amy Hillier

Website

Francis Seuffert

Mathematics
Francis Seuffert

Mathematics

Education:
2016, PhD, Rutgers University,
Camden, NJ

2009, BA, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Thesis Title:
An extension of the Bianchi-Egnell stability estimate to Bakry, Gentil, and Ledoux's generalization of the Sobolev inequality to continuous dimensions and applications

Thesis Research Advisor:
Eric Carlen

Postdoc Research Topic:
Functional Analysis and PDEs

Penn Department:
Mathematics

Penn Mentor:
Ryan Hynd

Atiya Strothers

Center for MSIs, Graduate School of Education
Atiya Strothers

Center for MSIs, Graduate School of Education

Atiya S. Strothers is a Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. As a servant and social justice advocate, Atiya is passionate about education, spirituality, and civic engagement. She uses history and qualitative inquiry to address the social, political, and institutional influences on educational equity and access. Specifically, her research agenda focuses on leadership, faculty diversity, graduate education, and mentorship. She has presented her work relating to this research at national conferences including AERA, ASHE, and AABHE. She has published her work in Divers Issues in Higher Education, Peabody Journal of Education, and various book chapters. She has also been an invited panelist and presenter discussing topics relating to her research.

Atiya has previous experience as an administrator in student affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. and Ed.M. in education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Atiya is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., alumna of Education Pioneers, and actively involved in her church. She enjoys investing in others and being an agent of change.

Brittany Taylor

Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
Brittany Taylor

Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Education:
2016, PhD, Biomedical Engineering,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2010, BS Biomedical Engineering,
Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

PhD Dissertation Title:
The Development and Characterization of an Osteoconductive Pre-Vascularized Scaffold for Bone Regeneration

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Joseph Freeman, Ph. D.

Postdoc Research Topic:
Bilayered Delivery System to Mitigate Inflammation During Rotator Cuff Repair

Penn Department:
Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Louis Soslowsky, Ph.D.

Annabel Torres

Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital
Annabel Torres

Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Education:
2015, PhD, Immunology and Infectious Disease,
Washington State University, Pullman WA

2011, MS,Forensic Science,
California State University, Fresno, CA

2007, BS, Medical Biology,
California State University, Riverside, CA

Thesis Title:
Identification and Characterization of a Genome-wide Significant Region Associated with Erythrocyte Phenotypes in Domestic Sheep

Thesis Research Advisor:
Stephen White

Postdoc Research Topic:
Genetics of Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain in Pediatric Populations

Penn Department:
Center for Applied Genomics, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital

Penn Mentor:
Hakon Hakonarson, MD PhD and David Sherry, MD

Elizabeth Williams

Earth and Environmental Science
Elizabeth Williams

Earth and Environmental Science

Education:
2014, PhD, Earth & Environmental Sciences,
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

2009, BS Chemistry,
Howard University, Washington DC

PhD Dissertation Title:
Characterizing the stability of coastal wetland and riverine soil and sedimentary organic carbon

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Dr. Brad Rosenheim

Postdoc Research Topic:
The effects of pyrogenic carbon amendment on soil organic matter persistence

Penn Department:
Earth and Environmental Science

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Alain Plante

Jennifer Wilson

Russian & East European Studies
Jennifer Wilson

Russian & East European Studies

Education:
2014, PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2008, BA, Russian Literature and Culture
Columbia University New York, NY

PhD Dissertation Title:
Radical Chastity: The Politics of Abstinence in Nineteenth-century Russian Literature

Penn Mentor:
Professor Ilya Vinitsky

Postdoc Research Topic:
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Website

Carolyn Yrigollen

Genetics, Children's Hospital
Carolyn Yrigollen

Genetics, Children's Hospital

Education:
December 2014 Ph.D. Genetics
University of California, Davis, Davis CA

May 2004 B.Sc. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Yale University

PhD Dissertation Title:
The structure and function of the human FMR1 gene

PhD Thesis Advisor:
Flora Tassone

Postdoc Research Topic:
Gene-editing of FMR1 using CRISPR/Cas9

Penn Faculty Mentor:
Beverly Davidson

Website

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Kandis Abdul-Aziz

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Lisandra Arroyo-Ramírez

BioChemical Engineering

Laura Bradley

Chemical Engineering

Bridgette Brawner

Nursing

Tonye Briggs

Biomedical Engineering

Jeremy DeLaine Brown

Mechanical Engineering

Rocio Cardona

Chemistry

Roger Caruth

Communications & Mass Media

Madeline Diaz-Serrano

Physics & Astronomy

Michelle Estrada

Chemistry

Nahir Otano Gracia

Comparative Literature

Martha Grady

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Grace LS Johnson

Africana Studies

Erin M Kerrison

Criminology

Doug Kiel

History

Amy Lavery

Public Health

Lindsey McDougle

Social Policy & Practice

Tagbo Niepa

Chem/Bio Engineering

Ismael Nieto

Chemistry

Carlos R Pérez

Material Sciences & Engineering

Emigdio Reyes

Pathology

Gabriela T Richard

Educational Comm & Technology

Matthew Ruby

Psychology

Victoria Sanchez

Pharmacology

Abigail A Sewell

Population Studies

Jasmine Travers

Nursing

Alma Vega

Demography

Chezare A Warren

Policy Studies in Urban Education

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