Williams College has announced that Meklit Tesfaye, an anthropology major and Mellon Mays Fellow from Jacksonville, Fla., received a Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College. At Cambridge, Meklit will pursue an M.Phil. in health, medicine, and society and an M.Phil. in African studies. With an interest in migrant health studies, she will explore how emigration and internal displacement act as social determinants of health among displaced East African populations. In addition, she will examine the structural, cultural, and geopolitical aspects of this issue. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and an anthropology senior honors thesis candidate, she has been conducting ethnographic research on the chronic illness experiences of Ethiopian immigrant women. She has worked with immigrant community-based organizations such as the Ethiopian Community Development Council and Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, D.C.
Nine Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford