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Offering students opportunities for hands-on research, collaborative experiences, social justice initiatives, arts programming, and more.


The Douglass Faculty Fellows Program is a new Douglass initiative open to all students that brings cutting-edge professionals to campus to work directly with Douglass students on their projects and research. Fellows include innovators from a variety of fields, including the fine arts, social justice, medicine, academia, activism, and more. Students may be eligible to receive a stipend for their work. Read more about past projects below!

Black Women Printmakers: A Project with kyle b. co.

Work closely with artist kyle b. co. in intensive workshops that will prepare you to become an arts scholar, print-maker, and paid museum guide for the upcoming fall 2022 exhibition, Collective Yearning.

In spring 2022, students will work with kyle b. co to learn about the history of Black women artists exhibiting and organizing. Special focus will be given to the exhibition's history and composition of the Dana Women Artist Series and collection at the Douglass library. Students will learn about the artists in the exhibition and the techniques used in the production of the works, including print-making–the primary medium used and exhibited by the artists featured in the exhibition. In fall 2022, continue to train with kyle b. co to work as a museum guide, presenting tours to university staff, faculty, students and the broader community during the exhibition. Stipends will be provided for students who work as guides in fall 2022. Students from arts, humanities, and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Students must also have completed Knowledge & Power with a passing grade.

About kyle b. co

Kyle b. co. is a transdisciplinary artist, performer and printmaker. As a Black, queer, crip, plural, and gender non-conforming person, Their work often investigates cultural modes of violence through the material engagement of imbued objects, imagery and surfaces. co. is a recipient of the (2019) Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Merit Fellowship in Three Dimensional Arts, (2018) Rhode Island Council For Arts, Culture and Tourism Public Art Fellowship, (2017) Artist in Residence for Eye to Eye National, and (2012) Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship.

kyle b. co

Black Women Maternal Health Inequities: A Project with Dr. Pamela Brug DC'84

Work with Dr. Pamela Brug, a Douglass alumna and expert in Black maternal healthcare, on a community health project focused on researching health inequities. A cohort of 4-6 students will be selected to research different competencies around issues of health access in Central New Jersey. Students will work with Dr. Brug to answer the research question of "what characteristics does a physician need for treating patients of different identities and backgrounds?" Stipends will be provided to students selected. A variety of majors including but not limited to public health, communications, and pre-med would be ideal to help build a team for the cohort. Students must have completed a passing grade in Knowledge & Power and be in their third year or higher at Rutgers (or with credits as a transfer).

About Dr. Brug

Dr. Brug is an alumna and OBGYN at Robert Wood Johnson. She has received numerous awards for teaching, mentoring, and community service. She started the New Jersey Black Women’s Physicians Association in order to address health disparities in New Jersey, in particular black maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. The organization also advocates for advancing women of color in the medical industry. Additionally, she serves as the Co-Chair of Action Together Union County.


Research Women in Music and Music Cognition - Explore Two Topics with Dr. Kristen Wallentinsen

Passionate about promoting women musicians? Ever wonder about the role music plays in the brain? You have the opportunity to research both of these topics this spring with Dr. Kristen Wallentinsen! Students will join Dr. Wallentinsen to learn about issues facing women in music and music cognition through performances, panels, and planning a future research project. This experience is open to all students.

About Dr. Kristen Wallentinsen

Kristen Wallentinsen joined the Rutgers faculty in the Fall of 2019. Her dissertation focuses on mathematical representations of melodic contour in music and develops a new model for the comparison of familial similarity between groups of related contours. She is currently working to apply her contour methodology toward the study of familial relationships within a wide variety of repertoires and is also conducting cognitive research on contour perception.


Research Topics in Spatial Justice - A Project with Drs. Anette Freytag and Julia Ritter

Spatial justice is a discipline that examines the fair and equitable distribution in space. Work with Dr. Anette Freytag and Julia Ritter to research spatial justice topics. As part of the project, a cohort of six students will assist with implementing concrete goals that came out of the March to Rutgers Gardens, a large-scale, publicly engaged, and arts-integrated spatial justice event. In September 2021, 500 participants walked from Cook Campus to Rutgers Gardens to learn about hidden Rutgers histories and resources and demonstrate the need for safe access to nature for all. Stipends will be provided to student participants. Students must have completed Knowledge & Power with a passing grade. Preference given to students from Mason Gross School of the Arts and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

About the Fellows

Julia M. Ritter, PhD, MFA, Professor of Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts, is a publicly engaged, award-winning dance artist and scholar whose work demonstrates the integration of over 30 years of training in dance, voice, theater, and interdisciplinary methods of inquiry. Her research focuses on audience participation, immersive arts practices, and creative placemaking for spatial justice and community connectivity. Her book, Tandem Dances: Choreographing Immersive Performance, was published by Oxford University Press 2021. Ritter is the recipient of a 2020-2021 Rutgers Presidential Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award. She was awarded the 2016 Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture Prize and the 2014 Prix André G. Bourassa for Creative Research from Le Société Québécoise D’Etudes Théâtrales (Canada) for her work on scholarship on dance and immersive performance. Ritter is the recipient of three Fulbright Scholar awards for her choreographic research from the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (2002, 2005, 2008) and a 2004 Individual Artist Choreographic Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Anette Freytag, Dr. sc. ETH, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, focuses on the history and theory of designed landscapes from the 19th century to the contemporary landscape with a particular focus on topology and phenomenology. Her current research focuses on how walking can prompt social and formal change. Together with Julia Ritter, Professor of Dance at Rutgers, Anette Freytag founded the AIR Collaborative (Arts Integration in Research) which prioritizes creative placemaking to foster spatial justice through multidisciplinary research and curricular agendas that benefit and strengthen the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus and surrounding communities. Their first project is the #March2RUGardens2021, a festive two mile-long walk from Cook Campus to Rutgers Gardens with multiple performances that advocates for pedestrian accessibility to Rutgers Gardens. Anette´s research has received multiple awards, such as the European Garden Book Award 2018, the German Garden Book Award 2016, the DAM Architectural Book Award 2016, the Theodor Fischer Prize 2012 and the ETH Medal for Outstanding Scientific Research 2011.

Fretag and ritter

Study Resiliency in Pandemic-Era New York City with Nathalie Miebach

Students in the Douglass Honors College Community are invited to join Innovator in Residence Nathalie Miebach to study “resilience” in the age of Covid-19. Through art projects, research, guest speakers, and more, students will work through critical conversations and themes. In the spring, students will examine how the pandemic shaped resilience in New York City, and travel there for a four day experience. Eligibility: Students must be in the Douglass Honors College Community to participate in the program

About Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/ performances. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, TED Global Fellowship and two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships.


Coming soon: Study Ecofeminism and Feminist Advocacy with Ousseina D. Alidou

About Dr. Ousseina D. Alidou

Ousseina D. Alidou is Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature. She is a theoretical linguist whose research focuses mainly on the study of women’s orality and literacy practices in African Muslim societies; African Muslim women’s Agency and gender justice; African women’s literatures; Gendered discourses of identity and the politics of cultural production in African Muslim societies.

More information on this opportunity is coming soon.

Ousseina Alidou

Coming soon: Study Global Migration with Dr. Susan Martin DC'68

About Dr. Martin

Susan Martin DC'68 is an expert in international migration and immigration, Dr. Martin is the Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. Prior to joining the Commission's staff, Professor Martin was the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington-based center for the analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs. She was Assistant Professor at the American Studies Department of Brandeis University and Lecturer in the History of American Civilization Department at the University of Pennsylvania. At Douglass, Dr. Martin served as the Blanche, Edith, and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies, which included organizing the Douglass Global Summit on “Forced Migration, Gender, and Global Allies.”

More information on research with Dr. Susan Martin is coming soon.

Susan Martin DC’68

Collaborate with Artist in Residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is the first Douglass Artist in Residence. In partnership with Mason Gross School of the Arts, Ms. Rasheed has provided workshops on aleatoric art creation with students. In the spring semester a selected cohort of students will work with her in generating new works based in mediums of their choice.

About Kameelah Janan Rasheed 

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is a learner grappling with the poetics, politics, and pleasures of the unfinished. With the page, the wall, the computer screen, and public space as her compositional fields, she creates associative arrangements of letters, words, and shapes that invite an embodied and iterative reading process. Rasheed is invested in Black storytelling technologies that ask us to consider ways of [un]learning that are interdisciplinary, interspecies, and interstellar. Rasheed’s work has been exhibited internationally and nationally. She is the author of two artist’s books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019). She is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts. Rasheed is the founder of Mapping the Spirit as well as the owner and founder of Orange Tangent Study.

Applications are closed for 2022.

kyle b. co
Fretag and ritter
Ousseina Alidou
Susan Martin DC’68