English Major, Rasheeda Saka, one of six Princeton students to join Mellon Mays Fellowship to diversify professoriate

English Major, Rasheeda Saka, one of six Princeton students to join Mellon Mays Fellowship to diversify professoriate

English major, Rasheeda Saka, and is among six  Princeton undergraduates have been named 2018 Mellon Mays fellows, marking the 30th group of Princeton students who have been selected for the prestigious national award aimed at diversifying faculty at colleges and universities. 

Rasheeda Saka is from Randallstown, Maryland. She is majoring in English and pursuing certificates in creative writing and Spanish. Her research interests include postcolonial Caribbean and African literatures. Saka is particularly interested in how third-generation Nigerian women writers negotiate postcolonial life in their works of fiction. Saka was selected as one of the eight honorees for the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize, a joint initiative led by “Epiphany” magazine and the Authors Guild.

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Class of 2020 members (from left to right) Kenji Cataldo, Rasheeda Saka, Jaylin Lugardo, Oluwatoyin Edogun and Matthew Oakland are among the six Princeton students named as 2018 Mellon Mays fellows. Yousef Elzalabany is not pictured.