The Dean's Graduate Scholarships provide support for outstanding Gallatin MA students pursuing innovative, individualized concentrations that investigate questions and themes within four broad areas of interdisciplinary academic inquiry. Dean's Scholars are selected based on their previous academic record, the strength and promise of their proposed course of study, and their potential to contribute to the kinds of interdisciplinary conversations and engaged intellectual work that epitomizes the Gallatin ethos.
2017-2018 Dean's Scholars
Luis is dedicated to service by aiding diverse urban communities in achieving empowerment. He earned his BA in History from the University of Florida, focusing on modern Latin America. After graduating, he served as an English teacher in Benin, West Africa, where he participated in the Let Girls Learn initiative. Upon his return to the United States, he interned as a member of NYC Parks Stewardship division as an urban environment community organizer where he worked with community groups and passionate individuals keeping the city’s natural resources safe for future generations. Currently, he promotes ethics in international relations as a Carnegie Council Student Ambassador and continues to foster community engagement as a member of Gallatin’s Urban Democracy Lab student advisory board. While at Gallatin, Luis is combining his experience working with communities with his passion for Latin America to study how cities can be both zones of conflict and harbingers of opportunity.
Bojana found herself becoming an advocate for Disability justice when she began losing her vision. Informed by her experiences with lack of access to the arts and education, she started several programs to fill this void: she formed her own position where she implemented an accessible art program at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind and she instituted proper ADA accommodations throughout art venues in Jersey City. After graduating from New Jersey City University with a BA in Art Therapy, Bojana began pursuing access in the arts more fervently. At Gallatin, she is focusing on the intersection of Disability Studies and Art Administration. This year she will intern at the Whitney Museum of Art in their Access and Community Program as well as take classes in Sociology, Art Administration, Museum Studies, and Sign Language Interpretation. Research for her thesis will examine the environments that cultural institutions cultivate for staff living with disabilities. In 2018, Bojana was awarded a Provost Global Research Initiative Fellowship in support of her studies.
Doris moved to New York City from the US-Mexico border where she was born and raised. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Spanish from Texas A&M International University. As an undergraduate, she wrote a creative writing thesis in both English and Spanish based on her experiences as a Mexican American growing up in both the United States and Mexico. Because of her love for stories and helping others, Doris decided to study human rights and writing at NYU. While at Gallatin, she wants to write about the lived experiences of Mexicans in the United States in order to improve the lives of marginalized communities like her own. In the future, she aspires to teach immigrants how to read and write in English. Currently, Doris is working on a collection of nonfiction works on artists on the border, and on Gallatin’s Literacy Review Editorial Board.
Taylor has lived in the shadow of New York City in nearby New Jersey all her life and she has always been drawn to the city’s vibrant and diverse literary and artistic communities. As an artist, writer, and scholar, she hopes to be part of an ongoing shift in the arts that welcomes more diverse, nuanced, and intersectional female identities. She uses affect theory and feminist theories to understand the emotional attachments we form to culture and how different textual and visual cultures can offer validation, hope and a sense of community various intersectional female identities, specifically queer and neurodivergent identities. After completing a BA in English and Art History at Drew University, she decided that Gallatin was the perfect place to expand her knowledge of theory and practical skills to help her think more critically about inclusivity in art museums and young adult publishing imprints.