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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Frederick Douglass Student Fellowships

The Starr Center’s Frederick Douglass Fellowships support students working collaboratively on community-based public history projects in African-American studies and related areas. Fellowships have also been awarded to students who undertake independent research and writing projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The author, activist, and diplomat Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), for whom the fellowships were named, was born in Talbot County, Maryland, about 30 miles south of Chestertown, and retained a deep attachment to the Eastern Shore until the end of his life.

Community History Projects

2016 -

Museum on Main Street, The Way We Worked in Kent County: Exploring the Black Labor Experience.

Research and Writing Fellows


James Mitchell ’17: “The History of Affirmative Action and Diversity in American Higher Education”
Faculty mentor, Carol Wilson, Department of History


Phaedra Scott ’14: “Discovering August Wilson’s Hill District”
Faculty mentor: Michele Volansky, Department of Drama




Kathy Thornton ’13: “The Beginning of the End: How Conflicting Anglo-Powhatan Relations Triggered the Massacre of 1622”
Faculty Mentor: Adam Goodheart, Director, C.V. Starr Center



Beverly Frimpong ’12: “W.E.B. DuBois & Booker T. Washington: An Ideological Fusion for the 20th Century”
Faculty Mentor: Joseph Prud’homme, Department of Political Science



Brian Suell ’12: “The Essence of Equality:
An Investigation of the Current State of Education
and Poverty in American Cities”
Faculty Mentor: Jill Ogline Titus, C.V. Starr Center