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Class of 2022 Graduate Student Fellows

Christopher Montague

Christopher Montague

Weinberg College, African American Studies

Christopher Montague is a PhD student in Northwestern’s Department of African American Studies. His work attempts to historicize black political thought and praxis in a global, diasporic framework, utilizing theoretical paradigms such as decoloniality and postcolonialism in the process. Chris grew up in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom and gained his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Exeter. In his spare time he likes to watch football, discuss politics, and listen to music.

Gershwin Penn

Gershwin Penn

Weinberg College, Sociology

Gershwin Penn is a PhD student in Northwestern’s Sociology Department. His research examines the effects of accountability policies in K-12 education. He is interested in how educators make sense of performance metrics in racially stratified schools, and how performance metrics structure the social worlds of principals, teachers, and students. He was raised in Houston, Texas, and has an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a M.A. from Columbia University. Prior to Northwestern, he worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and an education research consultant. In his free time, Gershwin enjoys hiking, running, and watching films.

Blake Rasor

Blake Rasor

McCormick School of Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Blake Rasor is a PhD student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and his work in Dr. Michael Jewett's laboratory seeks to improve biochemical synthesis to enable more sustainable production of industrial compounds. Blake grew up in Ohio and studied molecular biology and microbiology at Miami University. Outside of academia, he enjoys playing music, hiking, and cooking."

Lauren Walters

Lauren Walters

McCormick School of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering

Lauren is a doctoral student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She works under professor James Rondinelli to design the synthesis of new materials and understand their properties, with a focus on oxides and heteroanionic materials families. She grew up in the general Seattle area before attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. When Lauren is not doing research, she can be found reading, running, hiking, or looking up flight deals.

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