Three doctoral students and a recent doctoral recipient at UC Berkeley have been selected for prestigious 2017 – 18 American Fellowships from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Fellows are recognized for their scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Alexandra Havrylyshyn is a J.D.-Ph.D. candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley School of Law. Her dissertation on the history of slavery in North America focuses on enslaved women and girls who had traveled to revolutionary France and then argued for liberty in New Orleans. She plans to build a career in legal academia with a research agenda at the intersection of race, gender, and the law.

“I hope that publishing [notice of these awards in GradNews] will help other eligible UC Berkeley students to apply to this fellowship in upcoming years. That is how I find out about many of the awards I apply to.”  — Alexandra Havrylyshyn 


Alani Hicks-Bartlett received her Ph.D., in 2016 in Berkeley’s joint program of Roman Literature and Languages and Medieval Studies. As a postdoctoral scholar at Berkeley, her book project, titled The Cure Gone Awry: Gender, Dis/ability, and the Ailing Empire, addresses notions of perceived “alterity,” gender, and dis/ability in the Early Modern period. She studies the dramatic representation of political instability and its connection to the societal, cultural, and religious pressures.

Kimberly Long is a Ph.D. candidate in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Her work seeks to uncover the biological basis of susceptibility to anxiety after stress and why women, in particular, are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer post-stress anxiety disorders. Focusing on a cell type in the brain associated with anxiety, her research could lead to new avenues for treatments of anxiety. Her goal is to obtain tenure at a research university.

Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana is a Ph.D.candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research — at the intersection of race, class, space, and culture — documents how the media portrays gentrification in order to better understand the depictions that influence public perceptions of class-based neighborhood changes and policy responses to gentrification. She hopes to continue her work as a tenure-track professor.


American Fellowships is the AAUW’s largest funding program, dating back to 1888, making this one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs in the world exclusively for women. These Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research. Overall, the AAUW has provided more than $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects from all 50 states of the U.S. and more than 140 other countries. Learn more about fellowship and grant opportunities at the AAUW website.


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About Sharon Page-Medrich

Sharon Page-Medrich has assisted the Deans of the Graduate Division since 2001. Her professional passions include writing and editing. She has been active in several campus-wide community-building organizations.