Raffaella Taylor-Seymour named a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

May 13, 2021 (last updated on May 14, 2021)

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Raffaella Taylor-Seymour
Raffaella Taylor-Seymour


Raffaella Taylor-Seymour, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development and the Department of Anthropology, has been named a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation).

Raffaella’s dissertation, Intimate Rites: Localizing Queerness through Ancestral Spiritualities in Contemporary Zimbabwe, investigates how young people in Zimbabwe are developing new expressions of queerness through the reinvention of spiritual practices involving ancestors.

The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $27,500 to support their final year of dissertation work.

Read more about the award here.