Student Spotlight: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Troizel Carr

Troizel presenting his micro-teaching, focusing on a working definition of black queer masculinity
Troizel presenting his micro-teaching which focused on a working definition of black queer masculinity

This past Spring, rising senior and Theater Studies major, Troizel Carr, was named a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. MMUF is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiative to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning. We sat down with Troizel to hear a little bit more about his future plans as a Mellon Mays fellow.

Q: So, tell us a little bit more about the Mellon Mays fellowship.

Troizel with his fellow Emory MMUF 2014 cohort
Troizel with his fellow Emory MMUF 2014 cohort

A: The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program – Mellon Mays for short – is a research-based fellowship that’s main focus is diversifying the scope of academia through serving minority communities that are not readily represented in professorships at colleges and universities. It shapes and molds students to take on graduate level work with undertakings of their own research during undergraduate study. Eventually, the Mellon Mays program aspires that students pursue a doctoral degree and professorship at an accredited college or university.

Q: What do you plan to do with your research during the rest of your time at Emory?

Troizel with Valerie Boyd, esteemed author of "Wrapped in Rainbows."
Troizel with Valerie Boyd, esteemed author of “Wrapped in Rainbows.”

A:  My project, at this point, revolves around black queer masculinity in performance art. Hopefully, I’ll be able to budget well and use my stipends to get to some performances in New York, where performance art is really big right now. I only have one more year, so my plan is to use it wisely and have a lot of fun along the way.

Q: What are your goals after graduation?

A: Hopefully, I’ll be able to take a year off and pursue my art full-time. After that year though, I want to go to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and pursue graduate and postgraduate work there in Performance Studies. In the end, I want to be a professor – probably of African-American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or Performance Studies. Because of my love for acting (would I be a Theater Studies major otherwise?), I hope that I’ll be able to act a little here and there as well!

MMUF is the centerpiece of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning. MMUF is the centerpiece of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning.

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