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.