Incoming Assistant Professor Receives 2020 Career Enhancement Fellowship

By Madison Dyment

Aria Halliday, who will be joining the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the African American and Africana Studies program in the fall, has been named a 2020 Career Enhancement Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences.

The fellowship program attempts to encourage minority junior faculty members and others dedicated to eradicating racial disparities in the arts and humanities. Halliday was awarded the year-long fellowship through this program. The grant is $30,000 over one year with an additional $1,500 for research or travel, a mentor and attendance at a conference connecting all fellows and mentors.

Halliday, born in Indianapolis and raised in Durham, North Carolina,  received a B.A. in Africana Studies from Davidson College, a M.A. in American Studies with a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies certificate and Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University.

After receiving her doctorate, she began a position as assistant professor in Africana Feminisms at the University of New Hampshire. She will be joining UK as an assistant professor.

“While I have loved the students and colleagues at the University of New Hampshire, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and program in African American and Africana Studies at UK are dynamic and renown units that make my move exciting,” Halliday said..


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