Hometown: Chicago, IL
high school: Whitney M. Young HS
college: Princeton University
MAJOR: English / Comparative Literature
Katherine Powell is a proud native of Chicago, IL and a rising senior at Princeton University. She majors in African American Studies, with a focus on global race and ethnicity. Katherine has a particular passion for studying Black women’s literature and feminisms across the Diaspora. She is also involved on and off-campus, and is an intern at the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding; an English-language tutor at El Centro in Trenton, a dancer with diSiac dance company, and a staff writer for the Nassau Literary Review.
Looking forward, Katherine plans to work after completing her undergraduate degree, then go on to pursue a doctoral degree. She is still undecided on discipline, but will most likely study history, literature, or political thought. Though unsure exactly what methodology she will be using, Katherine is most passionate about continuing her study of Black women’s intellectual and literary history; learning how marginalized identities are constructed and dismantled; and understanding how Black authors use literature to look critically at the world we live in, and ask about the world that could be. She is also excited at the prospect of building a career on thorough research, precise writing, and a love for instructing others. Katherine is immensely grateful to the Ron Brown Scholar program and network for all of their continued support.