Since completing my PhD in Classics in 2011, I have moved between Dublin and London and worked on a number of different projects. I am currently training to be a Classics teacher at King's College, London.
I became passionate about cultural displacement among African immigrants while an undergraduate in Computer Science at the University of Missouri. I subsequently moved to New York where I created cultural programming for the African Diaspora while working as a technologist. I decided then to pursue full-time this passion to serve the culturally displaced, and I enrolled in a Master’s in African Studies at Yale. There, I researched Nigerian immigrant identity in New York, Tokyo and Mumbai under the tutelage of renowned Sociologist, Dr. Elijah Anderson. I seek to build upon this work through my PhD at Cambridge, where I will continue to investigate the assimilation trajectories of second-generation Nigerian immigrants, one of the most educated immigrant groups in the US and UK. My research will measure how their cultural identification patterns influence their assimilation into their host societies and/or Nigeria, particularly through the creation of Black cultural capital. With this research, I hope to ultimately leverage the the talents of the highly-educated, resource-rich Diaspora to help increase access to innovative technical and creative education in Nigeria, particularly for the girl child, who is much less likely to receive an education than her male counterpart.
Yale University African Studies (Sociology) 2019
University of Missouri System Computer Science 2004
I am undertaking an MMus in Choral Studies, having completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. As a choral musician, I have been fortunate to have been heavily involved with Gondwana Choirs, Australia’s national choral organization for young people. I have also worked with the acclaimed Sydney Children’s Choir. At Cambridge, I hope to combine my academic interests in choral music with the practical conducting training. The opportunity to observe different choral musicians at work will provide essential experience to fulfill my aspiration to work as a professional conductor. I am passionate about increasing access to music education and performance opportunities for young people regardless of their physical location or socio-economic circumstance. I am keen to support musical outreach projects with an awareness of historical precedent and rigorous research processes.
Originally from California, I have been lucky enough to spend the last three years in Barbados studying physical activity and health disparities. I originally came to the Caribbean as a Fulbright Fellow, and was later affiliated with the University of the West Indies, Cavehill. The government of Barbados has recently passed a sugar-sweetened beverage tax and I am excited to focus my PhD with the MRC Epidemiology Unit on a multi-faceted evaluation of this tax. As so many countries around the world face growing concerns around obesity, diabetes and other related conditions, it is important for us to understand which policy tools are effective at addressing these issues at a population level. Before coming to Barbados, I was a Post Bachelor Fellow at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and focused on the Global Burden of Disease and social determinants of health. I received my MPH from the University of Washington, and have a BA in Economics and Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. It is an incredible honor to join the Gates Cambridge community, and I am looking forward to being part of and contributing to such a diverse and committed group of scholars.
University of Washington
University of California, Berkeley
CARMA represents an elementary model of random processes with far-reaching applications from control theory to computational biochemistry. As an undergraduate, I studied the multivariate extension of the model and its probabilistic properties. I also simulated concrete examples and analysed them in detail. At Cambridge, I am pursuing further training in probability, statistics, and stochastic calculus. I am interested in applications to financial mathematics, which will give me a deeper insight on the inner workings of world economies. I am very thankful to the support of the Gates Cambridge Trust, without which I would not have had the opportunity of studying in Cambridge and meeting such an motivated and accomplished network of scholars.
I have always been interested in the areas of the law that regulate scientific development with a focus on commercialisation of technology. The MPhil in BioScience Enterprise explores the business aspects of scientific development and innovation. Through this study, I gained a better understanding of the commercial, scientific and legal dimensions of scientific development and innovation.
Confronting issues that affect women and girls have always been a major part of my development process. Growing up in a small coastal town in Ghana, West Africa, I noticed that girls and boys are treated unequally, and women and men are held to different expectations. So, I chose to focus on gender issues at each stage of my education. At the University of Ghana, where I earned my bachelor's degree, my interests centred on the low participation of women in Ghanaian politics. During my master's, I researched the issue of African women's hair-culture and politics. My work introduced a third stance to the hair debate by arguing that African women do not alter their hair because they want to be white or just as a matter of style. Rather, there are norms in African culture that privilege straight hair over coily hair. At the University of Cambridge's Centre for Gender Studies, I will be looking at how Ewe and Akan cultural norms contribute to gender inequality and technology's impact on gender relations in Ghana. My goal is to produce research work that redefines gender relations, as well as strengthen gender-equality activism in Ghana and beyond. Joining the Gates Cambridge Scholars' community is a dream come true.
Bowling Green State University American Culture Studies 2020
University of Ghana Political Science 2014
As a scholar of Lebanese origin, born and raised in the diaspora, I have always grappled with the historical processes underlying such displacement, with its multidimensional precarity at home and abroad. My family, like countless others, has suffered tremendously at the hands of a civil war that tore my country apart for 15 years, and left scars persisting into the present. Indeed, the past year and a half have seen the violent eruption of the structural contradictions emerging from this conflict and those which facilitated its emergence in the first place, leading to the contemporary collapse in Lebanon's economy and governance structures alongside the explosion of the Beirut port - the lifeline and microcosm of a country dependent on imported goods, incomes, and capital for its livelihood. Accordingly, I hope to devote myself to understanding the complex origins of these deep-rooted issues, that I may contribute to improving living conditions in my home country. I believe that a critical understanding of the past ought to illuminate genuine paths to reform in the coming time. In other words, Sisyphus' happiness is inseparable from the curse which condemned him to his boulder and the trickery which provoked the wrath of Zeus.
University of Cambridge Development Studies 2020
University of Toronto Economics & Philosophy 2019
Graduated from University of Lagos in 2007 with BSc honours in Chemical Engineering, I intend to explore the field more by specializing in the area of efficient provision of sustainable energy. My career goal is to hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering, have some industrial experiences and share the knowlegde by engaging in research and teaching either in the academic or research institutes. Also, I hope to be a major pioneer of great manufacturing and consultancy outlets in the future. It is a privilege being in the Gates Cambridge community, it will be a nice stepping stone to making my dreams come true. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
My PhD research is about contemporary migration within Southeast Asia – my particular focus is on the migration of Filipino medical workers to Singapore. Through the lives of mobile medical workers, I will explore the globalisation of medical care and its ethical, political and cultural implications. I have just returned to Cambridge after a year of ethnographic fieldwork and I look forward to working with a diverse and dynamic graduate community in the year ahead.
After my MA in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London, I felt the need to rethink how a movement between fiction, life writing, journalism, and research - writing forms that I was most interested in - could change the nature of narratives I produced. This was a departure from my time as a reporter, but it led me to ethnography and storytelling; to anthropology’s emphasis on interactions that recognise differences inherent to our practices and discordant subjectivities, and the ethical and conceptual challenges of navigating these. At Cambridge, I hope to bring together this interest in storytelling and intersubjectivity with my investment in the lifeworlds of Indian youth today. I have spent the last two years teaching writing to undergraduates, and my time with them has furthered my research concerns about the ethical and political dimensions of youth ‘becoming’. Drawing on my MA dissertation on women students’ political subjectivities, I am keen to explore the empirical and conceptual possibilities of work in the anthropology of ethics and morality, to grasp the dynamic moral and affective aspects of how young people relate to each other from across social subjectivities and caste locations, and the futures they aspire to.
School of Oriental & African Studies (University o Gender Studies 2018
St Joseph's College, BU English,Journalism,Psychology 2016
My research investigates the ways in which implicit game theories, such as zero-sum mindset, underpin political polarization and intergroup hostility, inhibit trust and cooperation, and erode democratic and economic flourishing. This research is currently supervised by Dr. David Good and is supported by The ESRC project “Rebuilding Macroeconomics: Social Macroeconomics” in collaboration with Sir Paul Collier and Professor Dennis Snower. This work is also being applied in my capacity as a guest expert for BRIDGE (Building resilience to reduce polarisation and growing extremism) project for EFUS (European Forum for Urban Security) and for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
My interest in how psychological processes can shape real-world realities first emerged from my background in journalism and media. This short career afforded me invaluable opportunities to work with organizations like CNN, TIME Inc., and Room to Read, and in countries across the globe. This career also impressed upon me the power of subjective interpretations and narratives to shape motivations and behaviors that shape our society. Before coming to Cambridge I studied social psychology as a post-baccalaureate scholar at UC Berkeley in the Emotion and Emotion Regulation Laboratory directed by Professor Iris Mauss and Professor Oliver John. Outside of academia, I am a certified conflict mediator in San Francisco, mediating disputes between police officers and citizens through the Department of Police Accountability.
University Of Georgia
University of Oxford
University of California, Berkeley
I have always been passionate about understanding how animals think, feel, and interact with the world around them. A native of Massachusetts, I graduated from Harvard University, where I explored these ideas in many contexts--studying parrot cognition in Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s lab at Harvard; primate-human interactions in Rwanda; dogs’ perceptions of morality at Yale University’s Canine Cognition Center; and gorilla behavior at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. Most recently, I conducted my undergraduate thesis research in Mexico, studying sex differences in the ranging behavior of Yucatan spider monkeys in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. These experiences have confirmed my belief that animals exhibit unique, individual behavioral tendencies, or “personalities,” bringing into question why different personality traits might be favored in the wild. At Cambridge, I will pursue a PhD in Zoology under Dr. Rose Thorogood. My research will examine how personality and social network position influence fitness and other outcomes in hihi (endangered New Zealand birds), and how this information can be used to develop better conservation strategies. Beyond my research, I hope to continue pursuing my other interests in conservation education, creative writing, world music, and percussion. I am so grateful to be joining the Gates Cambridge community and look forward to meeting my fellow scholars!