2022 Career Enhancement Fellows

Outstanding Scholars Named as 2022 Career Enhancement Fellows

May 18, 2022

Awards Support Career Development Opportunities for Junior Faculty in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts 

PRINCETON, NJ (May 18 2022) – The Institute for Citizens & Scholars has named 28 new Career Enhancement Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by Citizens & Scholars, seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the humanities, social sciences, and arts by creating career development opportunities for selected Fellows with promising research projects.

The 2022 Career Enhancement Fellows work in such disciplines as ethnic studies, English, Chicana and Chicano studies, history, sociology, and more. They come from a variety of institutions across the country. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, Fellows are expanding perspectives within their disciplines and are committed to research and service that increases diversity and inclusion on campus. (Full list of Fellows, institutions, and departments below.)

Applications are now open for Career Enhancement Fellowships


The program provides Fellows with a six-month or one-year sabbatical stipend (up to $35,000); a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); mentoring; and participation in a professional development retreat. For 2022, nine junior faculty members will receive 12-month Fellowships and 19 will receive six-month Fellowships.

Administered at Citizens & Scholars since 2001, the Career Enhancement Fellowship has supported more than 400 junior faculty members, creating a robust network of scholars committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. Fellows have gone on to serve in administrative and leadership roles, receive high honors like MacArthur Fellowships, and teach new generations of students.

For more information about the Career Enhancement Fellowship, eligibility requirements, and the next application cycle, visit https://citizensandscholars.org/fellowships/career-enhancement/

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About the Institute for Citizens and Scholars    
Formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (citizensandscholars.org) is a 75-year-old organization that has played a significant role in shaping American higher education. Now, with an expanded mission, Citizens & Scholars prepares leaders and engages networks of people and organizations to meet urgent education challenges. The overarching goal is to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry.


12-Month Fellows

Maria Celleri |University of Maryland, Baltimore County, gender, women’s and sexuality studies

Ulices Pina |California State University, Long Beach, history

Neelofer Qadir | University of North Carolina-Greensboro, English, international & global studies

Leslie Quintanilla | San Francisco State University, women & gender studies

Liliana Rodriguez | Texas A&M University-Kingsville, psychology and sociology

Kristin Rowe | California State University Fullerton, American studies

Preeti Sharma | California State University, Long Beach, American studies

Yolanda Valencia | University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), geography and environmental systems

Danielle Wiggins | California Institute of Technology, humanities and social sciences


Six-Month Fellows

Samar Al-Bulushi | University of California, Irvine, anthropology

Camila Alvarez | University of California, Merced, sociology

Tshepo Masango Chéry | University of Houston, history

Jeremy Chow | Bucknell University, English

Lauren Eldridge Stewart | Washington University in St. Louis, music

Carlyn Ferrari | Seattle University, English

Joan Flores-Villalobos | University of Southern California, history

San Juanita García | University of California, Santa Barbara, Chicana and Chicano studies

Sergio Gonzalez | Marquette University, history

Kyle Grady | University of California, Irvine, English

Mateo Jarquin | Chapman University, history

Meredith McCoy | Carleton College, American Studies, history

Marcelle Medford | Bates College, sociology

Alina Mendez | University of Washington Seattle, American ethnic studies

Nicole Morris Johnson | University at Buffalo, English

Ryan Sharp | Baylor University, English

Rafael Solorzano | California State University, Los Angeles, Chicana(o) and Latina(o) studies

Irene Vega | University of California Irvine, sociology

Celeste Winston | Temple University, geography and urban studies

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