2016 Scholars D-K

Mitchell Herrmann
US University: Oberlin College

Mitchell Herrmann is a composer of electroacoustic music studying at Oberlin Conservatory. Mitchell’s compositions have been particularly influenced by his study of phenomenology, and his paper on the topic was published in the British journal Organised Sound. He is the winner of several composition awards, including the Franz Liszt Scholarship, the Allen Strange Award, and the Klang International Competition, and his music has been performed around the world, from Seoul to New York to Buenos Aires. At Oberlin, he is an elected member of the Conservatory Council of Students and the Student Union Board, and also enjoys tutoring music theory.

Duncan Hosie
US University: Princeton University

Duncan Hosie is a senior at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. On campus, he leads a bipartisan student group, volunteers as a tutor to low-income high school students, competes on the debate team, and represents undergraduate students on the Princeton University Governance Committee. He also is a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post, and has worked as an intern for Senator Boxer, the Honorable Cheryl Pollak, and the Center for Voting and Democracy. He won a Summer Undergraduate Fellowship from Yale Law’s Liman Public Interest Program, and plans to attend law school after studying in the U.K.

Jacob Imam
US University: Baylor University

From Seattle, Jacob Imam is studying Classics and Historical Philosophy at Baylor University. His intrigue with the classical world brought him to both Oxford and Cambridge to work on ancient papyri holding ancient religious narratives, philosophical treaties, and contracts. Also at Oxford, Jacob worked at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, researching within the emerging field of comparative exegesis — the analysis of the intertextuality of the Qur’an and the Bible. As a C.S. Lewis Jr. Fellow, Jacob wrote a paper on the development of the Christian understanding of Islam. He has begun working with Middle Eastern universities to implement curriculum reforms in order to enhance greater inter-cultural understanding. At Oxford he plans to study more formally the philosophical arc of the Islamic world.

Ophelia Johnson
US University: University of Alabama - Birmingham

New Orleans native Ophelia Johnson graduated summa cum lade with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As an undergraduate, Ophelia was a leader of the National Society of Black Engineers and Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. She was named a UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Research Fellow and honored as a Goldwater Scholar and the Engineering Council of Birmingham’s Outstanding Undergraduate Engineer of the Year. Ophelia is finishing up a Master of Engineering in Design and Commercialization degree at UAB. She will further her studies in medical device design and bioprocessing at Imperial College London.

Sean Kaczmarek
US University: State University of New York - Buffalo

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Sean studies Economics, Political Science, and Chinese at the University at Buffalo. He serves as the Student Association Vice President and is a 2015-16 Western New York Prosperity Fellow. Sean also serves as a Trustee for the Cheektowaga-Sloan Board of Education in Cheektowaga, NY. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership, he has volunteered in both science and ESL classrooms in the Buffalo Public Schools. He is passionate about education and equal opportunity, and aspires to create effective policy to develop a more equitable system of education for all students.

Muhammad Khan
US University: Dartmouth College/Rice University

Muhammad Ibrahim Khan studied English and Cognitive Science for three years at Rice University before completing an MA in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. His thesis at Dartmouth focused on the political thought of Mahmoud Darwish and Muhammad Iqbal as evoked through their poetry. Ibrahim has also studied Islamic jurisprudence with traditionally-trained scholars and has been active in the American Muslim community, where he has helped found several educational initiatives. Ibrahim is passionate about serving neglected communities, including prison inmates, refugees, and individuals with special needs. At Oxford, he plans to study pre-modern Islamic law, legal theory, and political thought.