Student Spotlight: Fernanda Villarroel (Ph.D. Candidate) Awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships (DCF) support a year of research and writing for advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences, in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. Fernanda Villarroel, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, has been selected as an awardee from a highly competitive pool of applications, to receive one of the 65 fellowships that ACLS will grant for the 2020–21 academic year with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her dissertation, directed by Prof. Jill Casid and titled “Figurations of the Feminine in Contemporary art from Lagos, Nigeria,” aims to foreground alternative aesthetic languages for black critical studies and feminism.