MMUF Fellows and Alumni

Current Fellows


Elizabeth Clark

Lizzie is a proud queer, Mexican, and first-generation/low-income student studying Classics and Art History at Columbia. In her research, Lizzie is particularly interested in looking at applications of postcolonial scholarship and gender theory when studying ancient mythology, identity-formation in the Roman provinces, and the later reception of Classics by cultures beyond the Mediterranean. In addition, Lizzie is invested in researching how anti-racist and queer-inclusive pedagogy can make Latin and Greek curricula more accessible and inclusive for beginning language students. When Lizzie isn’t scratching her head over a page of Latin or Greek, Lizzie enjoys maintaining her art portfolio with paintings and multimedia collages, meandering through art museums, and volunteering as a debate coach at various public schools in NYC.

Runnie Exuma
Comparative Literature and Society

Brooklyn born and bred, Runnie is a Haitian-American cultural worker, organizer, and abolitionist committed to spreading love the Brooklyn way. She is interested in studying decolonial thought, Caribbean literatures, Black feminist scholarship, as well as creole languages, cosmopolitanism, memory, and revolution in the Caribbean and Latin America, to explore how they can help shape and inform abolitionist imaginaries and practices. Additionally, she is interested in doing translation work in Haitian kreyòl, cultivating mutual aid practices, helping develop political education curriculums, and transnational organizing. She is a dual degree student at Columbia and Sciences Po, majoring in Comparative Literature and Society. Runnie believes in the power of a good bacon ,egg, and cheese, and loves cooking, listening to music, travelling, and taking long walks.

Harry Foster
English; Creative Writing

Harry Foster is a Marine veteran in the School of General Studies with a passion for heroic literature. He's excited to take an academic approach with his childhood fascination of comic books and superheroes. He hopes to extrapolate a new perspective on the make up and portrayal of black heroes in both conventional African-American literature and in modern storytelling mediums.

Astrid Liden
Human Rights; Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Astrid Liden is a Columbia College student from Minnesota studying Human Rights, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a focus on political science and migration. She is a first-generation Venezuelan in this country, and her academic and personal interests center on the Venezuelan migration crisis, specifically on children and vulnerable communities. She hopes to pursue research that looks at the evolution of adolescent migration from Venezuela and how the migratory family in a political, historical, and societal form transforms over time and the impact this migration crisis has on the future of the region.

Sebastian Preising
Political Science

Sebastian is an undergraduate at Columbia College ('23) studying Political Science and Mathematics. Sebastian is interested in researching the use of narratives in early 20th century European governments to influence voting behavior and direct public opinion. In his free time, Sebastian loves going to used bookstores, playing chess with friends, and exploring New York City.


Jaala Alston
Ethnicity and Race Studies; Economics

Jaala Alston is a junior at Columbia University double majoring in Economics and Ethnic Studies. She does interdisciplinary research within economic history, political economy, and ethnic studies, and her interests include racial capitalism, intersectionality, geographies of oppression and structural preservation of economic injustices. She believes storytelling and the experiences of others are essential to her insight as a scholar and hopes to marry her experiences as a multi-talented artist with her scholarly work in the future.

Diogene Artiles

Diogene Artiles is a Brooklyn-born language-learner at heart. He is interested in the intersections of language, race and sexuality with contemporary music in Latin America. He is particularly interested in contemporary Portuguese and Spanish music and the evolution of colonial and national ideologies and tropes to sources of empowerment for queer and trans people of color. Outside of research, Diogene enjoys making playlists, creative writing, and bouldering.

Tyler Campbell
African-American Studies; Creative Writing

Tyler Campbell is a writer, media maker, and organizer hailing from the city of Philadelphia. He is currently a Junior at Columbia University double majoring in Creative Writing and African- American Studies. Through his work as a poet and movement worker Tyler uses his voice to offer analytical insights that aim to elevate the stories of those that often go unseen and unheard. Tyler’s interests include Black cultural politics, urbanity, popular culture, hip-hop, education, and literature. He is also an educator whose work centers on issues of mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of Black people, and human rights. At the heart of all Tyler’s projects is a commitment to unpacking the nuances of Black life in America as portrayed through art and cultural production while also engaging questions about human intentionality, identities and cultural history.

Cameron Flood
Anthropology; Political Science

Raised in Virginia but now residing in North Carolina, Cameron Flood is a Junior at Columbia University pursuing a double major in Political Science and Anthropology. Cameron seeks to find resonances between his two fields of interest, exploring how anthropology can serve as a looking glass through which political phenomenon might take shape. The interdisciplinary flexibility of the two fields allows for a fruitful and constantly-evolving dialogue between various points of interest. Cameron seeks to take advantage of this versatility in engaging with literature, political legislation, and popular Black and Queer theory through an interdisciplinary means.

Ariana Orozco
Ethnicity and Race Studies; Medicine, Literature, and Society

Ariana Orozco from El Paso, Texas is an undergraduate at Columbia University majoring in Ethnic Studies and Medicine, Literature, and Society. Her current research project focuses on how incarceration affects peoples’ attitudes towards health, life, and bodily autonomy.

MMUF Alumni

CLASS of 2021

  • Yosan Alemu
    Comparative Literature & Society
  • Cassidy Nichole Gabriel
    Political Science; History
  • Abigail Hickman
    Political Science; Anthropology
  • Payton Johnson
  • Isabel Sepulveda
    English; Ethnicity & Race Studies


  • Keziah Trine Anderson
  • Nicole Leon Elvir
    Political Science; Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Samuel George Hennison Powell
  • Angelo Miguel Hernandez-Sias
    English; Creative Writing
  • Alan Burnett Valverde


  • Sofia Nina-Bernardes Martins
  • Jorge Antonio Ochoa
  • Donovan Redd
  • Andrew Joseph Suarez

Class of 2018

  • Maia Collins
  • Mamasa Dukureh
  • Alyssa Mendez
  • Sydney Pickens
  • Migueyli Rivera

Class of 2017

  • Ashleigh Cartwright
  • Carmen Ervin
  • Breanna Leslie-Skye
  • María Muratalla Maes

Class of 2016

  • Ashley Casiello
  • Lorenzo Gibson
  • Isabel Iturrios-Fourzan
  • Elan Pochedley

Class of 2015

  • Kelly Luis
  • David Luna
  • Lauren Rangel
  • Giovanna Sánchez-Esquivel
  • Shondrea Thornton

Class of 2014

  • Keyanah Freeland
  • Marvellous Iheukwumere
  • Tamar Nisbett
  • Marlen Rosas

Class of 2013

  • Jennifer Alzate
  • Maryam Aziz
  • Rebecca Clark
  • Gerard Ramm
  • Devyn Tyler

Class of 2012

  • Daniel Alonso
  • Louisa Levy
  • Michelle Rosales
  • Nataly Sauceda
  • Daniel Valella

Class of 2011

  • Juan Lamata
  • Alex Moll
  • Albert Rigosi
  • SaraEllen Strongman

Class of 2010

  • Destin Jenkins
  • Paige Johnson

Class of 2009

  • Maria Abascal
  • Courteney Ervin