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'21 Fellows

Class of 2021 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Fellows

Chioma Anomnachi

Chioma Anomnachi

Chioma Anomnachi is a junior from Washington, DC double majoring in English Literature and Computer Science. She is interested in researching African American Literature, specifically relating to Afro-Futurism and Science Fiction, and the emerging field of the Digital Humanities. This past summer, she carried out an independent research project introducing her to the field of Afro-Futurism through a survey of Octavia Butler's work as well as foundational literary theory on the genre. This year, she is serving as the treasurer for Colors, Swarthmore's student group for queer and trans students of color, and hopes to study abroad in Capetown, South Africa in the spring. After graduating from Swarthmore College, she hopes to continue to explore the intersections of technology and the humanities in a graduate program.

Paul Buchanan

Paul Buchanan

Paul Buchanan is a junior from the small town of Tyrone, Georgia who is a double majoring in English and Peace and Conflict Studies. His research interests center around the Black literary tradition, racial narratives, and depictions of trauma in writing. During the summer of 2019, he researched relationships and solidarity between Black and Palestinian Quakers through historical texts and interviews. This year, Paul will continue tutoring incarcerated students towards their GEDs as co-president of the Petey Greene Program. He will also begin work on his directed creative writing project, a mixed poetry and prose book exploring themes of race, queerness, violence, and revenge.

Naomi Park

Naomi Park

Naomi Park is a junior from Flushing, NY double majoring in English Literature and Computer Science. Her research interests are in gender theory and its presence in science fiction. She spent the summer of 2019 doing independent research familiarizing herself with the work of Octavia Butler and examining it under the framework of feminist theorist Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto”. She also has a passion for languages and has studied Spanish, French, Latin, and Arabic. Outside of academics and Mellon Mays, Naomi is a senior editor for Swarthmore’s only print newspaper, The Phoenix. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in an interdisciplinary program involving literature.