Undergraduate Fellows

  • 2020-2021 Undergraduate Fellow

    Amanda Brynn ’21 is a scholar, an archivist, and an artist whose work often emphasizes various historical and political entanglements between gender, sexuality, and queer memory, disciplinary histories of archaeology and ethnography, and colonial and imperial violence. In particular, she is interested in the history of pornographic museums, such as the British Museum’s “Museum Secretum,” which from the early 19th century well into the 20th held hundreds of objects deemed too “obscene,” “pornographic,” or “lascivious” to be housed with the rest of the collection. Her research asks about the roles of archaeology and anthropology in producing colonial pornographic imaginations, which kinds of objects (and, of course, which kinds of bodies) are deemed acceptable for display in public museum settings, and more broadly, how sexual pasts are constructed and curated across different media. She is pursuing concentrations in Archaeology and the Ancient World, Egyptology, and Modern Culture and Media (Track II: Production). Aside from her more traditional academic writing, she is also a leatherworker, an installation artist, and a parent to many, many funky little plants.

  • Marysol Fernandez Harvey


    Marysol Fernandez ’21 is an undergraduate double-concentrating in Comparative Literature and Economics. Her senior thesis will be within the Translation Track in the Department of Comparative Literature for which she is interested in exploring translation as a metaphor for a larger politics of exchange. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she focuses on the implication of translation and exchange within a colonial context. She will explore the interaction between American and Puerto Rican literatures to inform a rigorous study of the persisting colonial relationship, nuanced in ways inaccessible to a solely political, economic, or historical analysis. The study will address the role of language, literature, and exchange in the building and narrating of ‘the nation,’ and the ways that these are perverted by systems of colonial exploitation. Her thesis will involve both a substantial work of translation from Spanish to English of a contemporary Puerto Rican author and a critical introduction outlining her theories on radically anti-colonial modes of translation. She is drawn towards an interdisciplinary approach to this study that invokes translation studies in a project grounded in the lived experience of the colonized nation and founded on a dedication to the struggle for the liberation of all peoples.


    Matthew Marciello ’21 (he/him or they/them) is an undergraduate double-concentrating in American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, focusing on queer studies in the United States. His academic interests lie in a variety of queer studies and gender studies fields and subfields informed by Foucauldian history and critical theories, notably intersex studies, the history of sexuality, queer history, trans studies, and queer of color critique. His honors thesis in American Studies, tentatively titled “From Hermaphrodites with Attitude to #EndIntersexSurgery: Intersex Activism, Resistance, and Critique of Intersex Genital Surgery” tracks contemporary U.S. intersex history from the rise of controversial sexologist John Money in the 1950s and 1960s, to the beginnings of the intersex rights movement in the 1990s and 2000s, through present-day intersex rights activism that harnesses the power of social media.

  • Karis Ryu


    Karis Ryu ’21 is an undergraduate double-concentrating in History and East Asian Studies. Her honors thesis in History, tentatively titled “A Way of Life: Remembering the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan of the Cold War," explores the formation and understanding of identity through the preservation and interpretation of memories by military dependents, particularly the children of service-member parents, and personnel who lived on the U.S. military base in Seoul during its first decades of operation. She will draw from existing scholarship in areas including U.S. military history, modern Korean history, memory studies, and sociology, accompanied by oral and written primary sources, to create an original contribution that exists at the intersections of multiple disciplines. Her thesis represents an undergraduate culmination of personal experiences as a U.S. military dependent of Korean descent and academic interests in cultural memory, imperialism, and the interstitial spaces of historical narratives. Within her undergraduate studies, she also seeks to cultivate and apply her interest in marginal perspectives to theology and world Christianity.

  • Nicole Yow Wei


    Nicole Yow Wei ’21 is an undergraduate in the Department of History. Her thesis is tentatively titled “Reading from the Margins of Print: Baba Malay Performance Text in Pre-war Singapore and Malaya.” By examining the ancillary features of printed texts written in the Baba Malay patois—works such as translations of Chinese literature, poetry collections, and songbooks—she attends to how the printed books of the Straits Chinese community were performed. She considers literary production as an embodied practice, and situates Straits Chinese written and performance traditions as material participants in the wider linguistic and media politics of colonial Singapore and Malaya. She is also developing the Digital Humanities project “Chinese Books of the Malay World,” a digital tool usable by researchers of Sinophone and Malay world studies. The project consists of a network visualization and a searchable database of the Malay-language books produced by Chinese settlers of the Malay world. On campus, she is a member of the Southeast Asian Studies Initiative (SEASI), a student-led organization which aims to increase the presence of Southeast Asian Studies at Brown.