Merve Fejzula is currently an MPhil student in Historical Studies at the University of Cambridge, whose dissertation is entitled, “African American Expatriates, Algerian Nationalists, and Negritude in Post WWII-Paris.” Her PhD thesis will be an expansion of this project and will explore an intellectual history of black and Third World intellectuals in and out of Paris from 1945-1975. This builds on her undergraduate work at Rutgers University’s Newark campus, where she graduated in 2011 as a double major in English and history, with a minor in philosophy. Before embarking upon postgraduate study at Cambridge, she served as program coordinator of the Diversity Research Center, whose aim was to expand the public understanding of diversity in higher education. In that position, she was able to participate in the design of original research studies and co-present at national conferences, all of which has greatly enhanced her research ability and thinking on issues related to diversity. Increasing access to education has always been a primary concern for her, and she hopes to continue her volunteer work and community engagement in the Cambridge community and in her career as a historian.