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President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Modeled after a program first implemented within the University of California System, the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in higher education and at the University of Maryland. The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and teaching the critical perspective that comes from their educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. This program, in particular, encourages applicants who would increase representation in campus units where women and minorities are underrepresented.

Meet the Fellows 2018

Samuel Braunfeld

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Samuel Braunfeld is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics. He received undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, and in 2018 received his PhD in Mathematics at Rutgers, New Brunswick. Much of his research focuses on the symmetries of infinite objects, and how those symmetries are reflected in the behavior of finite pieces of those objects.

I. Augustus Durham

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I. Augustus Durham completed his Master's and doctorate degrees in English, as well as certificates in African & African American Studies, College Teaching, and Feminist Studies, at Duke University. With work that spans the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, his primary interests include black studies, sound studies, film, performance studies, and American literature writ large, and most especially how they might be put in conversation with psychoanalysis or affect theory, broadly understood. As a Fellow in the Department of English, he will further his research on melancholy and genius. Working primarily through Sigmund Freud's 1917 essay "Mourning and Melancholia", Durham seeks to undo the logic that melancholy is a precursor for mania when applied to black thought and its thinkers. Instead, by taking up the notion that melancholy instantiates itself through the lost object, that being the mother, he examines the excesses of melancholy to assert that the affect is actually a catalyst for genius. Thus, the "mother", in its multiple variations, manifests in performances of excellence by the child, namely the "son"; and becomes a subject found rather than an object lost. Durham has published work in CAA Reviews, Black Camera: An International Film Journal, Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, and Journal of Religion and Health; he has forthcoming work in edited collections on Tarell Alvin McCraney and black popular culture.

Morgan Edwards

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Dr. Morgan Edwards is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.  Her research assesses the sustainability impacts of energy technologies and policies.  She focuses specifically on developing methods to represent heterogeneity in technology features and operational contexts in sustainability assessments.  Her current work aims to evaluate and accelerate a diverse set of emerging efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions led by cities, states, and companies in the United States.  Morgan received her PhD in Engineering Systems and SM in Technology Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her BS in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Maria M. Galano

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Maria M. Galano is a President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from the University of Michigan. Broadly, her research investigates how early-life exposure to violence affects child mental health and development in diverse populations. The goal of her research is to understand how various environmental factors -- including family context, social support, and experiences of racism and discrimination -- impact exposure to violence as well as shape the development of PTSD and related disorders following exposure to various forms of violence. She then aims to translate these findings to improve the effectiveness of current evidenced-based treatments for children with PTSD, as well as develop preventive interventions for children exposed to chronic violence.

Eva Hageman


Eva Hageman is a University of Maryland President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s Studies; after the completion of the fellowship, she will serve as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of American Studies and Women’s Studies. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from New York University in American Studies with a joint Certificate in Culture and Media through the Departments of Anthropology and Cinema Studies. Eva’s primary research and teaching interests are in television, media production, popular culture, fashion and style, media ethnography, documentary, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural and visual studies. Her book manuscript, “‘Relatable Meets Remarkable’: Crafting Race in the Reality Television Industry,” examines reality television and the central role it plays in shaping articulations of race in the 21st century. Previously, Eva was the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Richmond, and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. She has directed two documentaries, Legendary (2010) and You, As Seen On TV (2011). Her writing has appeared on In Media Res and is forthcoming in the anthology Race Post-Race: Culture, Critique, and the Color Line (Duke UP).

Ana Ndumu

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Ana Ndumu is a President´s Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Information Studies, or the iSchool. Her interests include the intersection of libraries, information, along with demography, and she researches library services, information behavior and population changes. Dr. Ndumu´s postdoctoral project will explore information inclusion and access among Black immigrants living in the D.C. metropolitan area. Dr. Ndumu completed her Ph.D. in Information at Florida State University´s School of Information.


Meet the Fellows 2017

Erica Coates

PPFP Fellow Erica Coates
Erica Coates is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida, and completed her clinical internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of nonresidential father involvement and coparenting in child development among African American families. Her professional goal is to develop and investigate culturally specific, family-based mental health interventions designed to improve the socioemotional outcomes of African American youth from nonresident father households by promoting stronger coparenting alliances among noncohabiting parents

Felicia Jamison

PPFP Fellow Felicia Jamison

Felicia Jamison is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at the University of Maryland College Park. She received her B.A. at Mercer University, her M.A. at Morgan State University, and her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on the lives and experiences of 19th and 20th-centruy African Americans who lived in the rural South. She is currently working on a monograph that analyzes the strategies Southern black women used to accumulate property during slavery and purchase land during the Reconstruction period. 

Marcus Johnson

PPFP Fellow Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University in the Spring of 2017. Marcus’s research focuses on the intersection of race and ethnicity in Latin American electoral politics. His book manuscript, Racial-ized Democracy: the electoral politics of race in Panama, builds on the insight that politics in racially stratified societies cannot be divorced from projects to construct and undergird systems of racial marginalization and inequality. He aims to use his theoretical and empirical approach to disrupt the running assumption in the Latin American politics literature that race does not matter, particularly in the electoral arena. Beyond his research, Marcus takes teaching seriously and approaches teaching as an opportunity to prepare the next generation of citizens and scholars to critically approach real world politics. Marcus will begin a tenure-track position at City University of New York, Baruch College in the Department of Political Science in the fall of 2018.

Theresa Lopez

PPFP Fellow Theresa Lopez

Theresa Lopez completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Arizona, where she also studied in the Cognitive Science Program. As an undergraduate, she earned degrees in biology and philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Lopez works on issues in moral psychology, ethics, and social philosophy. Her primary research focuses on the psychology of moral judgment and moral development, and how scientific findings bear on philosophical questions about prescriptive ethics and moral knowledge. She also has research interests and teaching experience in other areas of ethics, including biomedical ethics.

Kelly Slay

PPFP Fellow Kelly Slay

Dr. Kelly Slay is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education and affiliate faculty in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. She received her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.  Kelly’s research explores issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and is primarily focused in three areas: the implications of campus racial climate for Black students' college enrollment and wellbeing; enrollment management policies aimed at improving campus diversity; and organizational policies and practices that facilitate the success and wellbeing of women and students of color in STEM. Drawing lessons from her professional experiences in public policy and K-16 education, Kelly is passionate about connecting research to practice to help cultivate equitable campus environments that support underrepresented students in undergraduate and graduate education.