Doctoral Student Chelsea Bouldin Receives Prestigious Imagining America Fellowship

Syracuse University School of Education doctoral student and University Fellow Chelsea Bouldin has been awarded an Imagining America (IA) Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Headshot of Chelsea BouldinIA PAGE is a network for publicly engaged graduate students across humanities, arts, and design. The program encourages public scholarship; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peer scholars; and creates opportunities for collaboration, networking, and mentorship.

An engaged scholar, Bouldin is student lead for the Graduate School BIPOC Alliance for Excellence, which builds community among graduate students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or other persons of color; a graduate student representative on the School of Education Committee on Diversity; and a former Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Graduate Student Coordinator. Her research interests include Afro-futurist literature, as exemplified by the science fiction writer Octavia Butler.

As an IA PAGE Fellow, Bouldin will attend the IA National Gathering in Providence, RI, including a pre-conference IA fellows orientation and a lightning round discussion of her scholarship during the conference. She also will meet monthly with her cohort of eight fellows from across the United States during the year.

“I’m excited to work in this way. These meetings will be a chance for us to workshop our scholarship and discuss specific topics of our choosing,” says Bouldin. “As I began studying engaged humanities work more formally, I realized the extensive overlap between the values of this fellowship and the dissertation project work I am developing. It felt organic for me to apply for this fellowship, and I am truly honored to be in such an intellectual community-oriented space.”

Also receiving a 2023-2024 IA fellowship is College of Visual and Performing Arts undergraduate Rayan Mohamed ’26, a student in the Higher Education Opportunity Program, part of the School of Education’s Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development.