Swarthmore College
Student Research Fellows

Do you want to think about how demands for racial justice, labor market struggles, the changing climate, and ongoing culture wars have recast our understanding of what the liberal arts is and what it has been? Are you interested in doing research on what colleges might and ought to become in the future? Would you like to participate in interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations with artists, designers, journalists, and public intellectuals?

Research Fellows work closely with the director and senior associate director of the Aydelotte Foundation to support our research and programming around interdisciplinary and collaborative inquiry, the liberal arts, and higher education. Research Fellows have the opportunity to engage and support our current projects, including “Race, Racism, and Liberal Arts” and faculty seminars “Just Art,” and “Just Tech,” and future planned programming as well as to develop new projects.

Swarthmore students can apply to be a student research fellow. Applications are now closed. Student Fellows for the 2024-25 academic year will be announced in the Fall.


Current Student Research Fellows

Aydelotte Student Research Fellows work to support the ongoing research projects of the Foundation and undertake guided independent research projects of their own.

Ray Craig

Ray ’24 is a senior studying Medical Anthropology with a minor in Educational Studies. His interests include medical education and sexual health advocacy, as well as building equitable access in those areas. In his free time, Ray likes to watch TV shows and movies he has already seen. 


Reuben Kadushin 

Reuben Kadushin ’25 is a junior pursuing an honors special major in Political Sociology and a minor in Black Studies. His academic interests include Marxism, the late work of W.E.B Du Bois, and World-Systems Analysis. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.


Prerna Karmacharya

Prerna ’26 is a sophomore studying education and engineering. Her interests include STEM education and human centered design. In her free time you can find her curled up with a book, playing board games with friends, or bargain hunting at a local thrift store!


Mariam Muhammad

Mariam ’24 is a senior from Karachi, Pakistan double majoring in English Literature and French & Francophone Studies. As an Aydelotte Fellow, she is interested in investigating the public role of higher education institutions, and fine-tuning her skills in data analysis and podcast production. In her free time, which is a scarce resource, you can find her Lindy hopping in Rittenhouse Square, relishing Jeni’s ice cream, or dreaming about her semester abroad in Paris.


Larissa Tolentino

Larissa is a senior from Tokyo, Japan pursuing an Honors Anthropology major and Art history minor. Her interests include immigration, art in colonial times, and food. In her free time, you’ll find her cooking, running, or exploring restaurants. 



Kyle White 

Kyle ‘25 is double-majoring in Political Sociology and Black Studies on the Pre-law track. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading political theory, and finding new music.



Nina Zhuo

Nina ’24 is a literature and computer science double major. They are interested in the role that human-computer interaction, information culture, and accessible web design play in shaping higher education.


Past Fellows