Fellows in the Field 2022-2023

Anjali Gupta

Summary

Anjali Gupta (T’22) completed a self-designed degree titled, The Interplay Between Health and Educational Outcomes (B.S.). A Robertson Scholar, she was President of Duke Partnership for Service (dPS) and Adopt-A-Grandparent (AAG) and volunteered with the Durham Crisis Response Center. Anjali also conducted health disparities research in the Department of Population Health Sciences, interned with the Freedom School program in rural NC, and worked on family-school engagement initiatives at the Brookings Center for Universal Education.

Anjali Gupta will spend the Hart Fellowship in Lagos, Nigeria. She will collaborate with Sebeccly Cancer Care, a nonprofit organization that supports breast cancer patients through education, research, advocacy, and screening and treatment support, and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Through qualitative and quantitative community-based research, Anjali will explore how various dimensions of healthcare access affect screening and treatment. These insights may guide initiatives to get patients diagnosed at earlier stages and linked to care.

Lizzy Kramer

Summary

Lizzy Kramer (class of 2022) completed an interdepartmental major in Public Policy and Cultural Anthropology with a Human Rights Certificate. Working at the Nasher, and as an assistant for local muralists, artists and curators, she wrote her thesis about the role arts can play in community organizing and activism. She uses Anthropological lenses to investigate how human rights violations affect individuals and communities and how those narratives can be voiced through community collaboration and art, shaping policy for a more equitable world.

With the Hart Fellowship, Lizzy will partner with an organization in Mexico City, one of the art capitals of the world, to continue her studies of collaborative murals. She will work on murals as an artist in neighborhoods throughout the city, as well as assist in the administrative outreach and community engagement sides of these projects, using the research component of her fellowship to investigate the impact of murals and how they can be used to reach a larger audience.

Olivia Reneau

Summary

Olivia Reneau is a recent graduate of Duke University. She double majored in Public Policy and History with a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Undergraduate research was a central part of her time at Duke, and she completed two senior theses on municipal reparations proposals and generational Black land ownership in North Carolina. Outside of academics, she enjoys dancing, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

As a Hart Fellow, Olivia will be continuing her work on reparations with the Fulton County Government’s Reparations Task Force in Atlanta, Georgia. There, she will generate qualitative and quantitative data on indicators of economic wellbeing through archival and vital records research. In her time with the Reparations Task Force, she hopes to launch a public-facing reparations tracker, in addition to creating a tool kit for municipalities that are considering reparative policy interventions for their Black citizens.

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