Doctoral candidate wins prestigious fellowship from advocacy group

Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi, a doc­toral can­di­date in coun­seling psy­chology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has been selected to receive a $20,000 fel­low­ship from the Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Women, a non­profit aimed at achieving gender equity through advo­cacy, edu­ca­tion, and research.

Balogun-Mwangi, a Nigeria native, received one of AAUW’s Inter­na­tional Fel­low­ships, which have been awarded to some 3,300 women from more than 130 nations since the program’s incep­tion in 1917.

The fel­low­ship will cover Balogun-Mwangi’s living expenses while she works on her dis­ser­ta­tion during the 2015–16 aca­d­emic year. The sub­ject of her study is African women and body image, with a par­tic­ular focus on how colo­nial his­tory, rapid glob­al­iza­tion, and socio­cul­tural dynamics have influ­enced the African woman’s per­cep­tion of her hair tex­ture, skin tone, body size, and facial features.

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