Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Current Fellows

Current Fellows

ANGEL GUTIERREZ

Angel is a junior studying Anthropology and minoring in Latin American and Latinx Studies. Their research revolves around the politics and philosophy of land in Mexico. Questions central to their research are: What relations & sensations arise in our interactions with the land and its forests? How have recent decades of deforestation and centuries of uneven property relations warped consciousness of the forests and land? They hope to form not merely a descriptive understanding of the phenomena of deforestation and the dominant classes’ management of land but of how these processes are changing and how this changing demands a particular kind of response in order to protect the land and its forests. Angel is a CAMRA Mellon Fellow, Chair of the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board Chair, La Casa Latina Program Assistant, and is on the planning committee for CAMRA’s (Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts) annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival. Angel also engages in artistic practice using lens-based work and performance, notably voguing and pole-dancing.

CARLOS MONTES

Carlos (He/They) is a senior studying Anthropology and Latin American and Latinx Studies. Drawing comparisons between Caribbean confederative projects and queerness as utopia, Carlos is interested in how queer subjectivities are formed in relation to Caribbean and Latin American/Latinx transnational identities, and how this works with and against national identity formation. He is especially interested in how these solidarities are actualized by individuals and transfeminist organizations across the region. Carlos is also a CAMRA-Mellon Fellow, a research assistant at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and a University Scholar. His other interests include political economy, colonialisms, and Pan-Caribbean politics. At Penn, he is a salsa dancer in Onda Latina, and a work-study at La Casa Latina.

VERNON WELLS

Vernon is a junior studying Anthropology and Sociology. Their research explores the legacies of Spanish and American imperialism in Indigenous Filipino communities and the subsequent proliferation of neocolonial multinational investment in the Philippines. They wish to better understand how the bifurcation of Filipino identity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributes to asymmetries in understanding, and how these asymmetries spur ongoing processes of land dispossession, displacement, and cultural and linguistic degradation. They strive to use their research as a conduit for broader mobilization toward decolonization in the Philippines and realizing long-held claims of ancestral domain. Vernon is a current ASAM Fellow and serves as a board member in the ASAM Undergraduate Advisory Board, Penn Philippine Association, Southeast Asia Working Group, and Queer People of Color.

Become a Postgraduate Fellow

The MMUF Program at Penn provides a small cohort of extraordinary Humanities and Social Sciences undergraduates with an array of programming services.

Underrepresented minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities with the intention of pursuing a postgraduate degree are encouraged to apply.