2016 Scholars N-R

Meredith Paker
US University: University of Georgia

Meredith Paker, from Madison, Wisconsin, will graduate from the University of Georgia with an Honors degree in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. She has conducted research on U.S. prescription drug use, focusing on the prevalence and impact of off-label prescribing. As a UGA Foundation Fellow, she has studied in Oxford and Tanzania, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2014. She also leads a local Girl Scout troop and DJs at her campus radio station. Meredith will return to Oxford as a Marshall Scholar to pursue an MPhil in Economic and Social History, where she will research the development of economic theory.

Rebecca Panovka
US University: Harvard University

Rebecca Panovka, from New York City, will graduate from Harvard in 2016 with a joint degree in English and Philosophy. Rebecca has served as editor of the Harvard Book Review and The Harvard Advocate’s 150th Anniversary Anthology. She has interned for The Paris Review, Radio Open Source, Indelible Media, and Firelight Films. She researched the politics of forgetting for Lewis Hyde and African American folktales for Maria Tatar—work for which she received the American Folklore Society’s 2015 Zora Neale Hurston Prize. She is currently writing a senior thesis and editing a documentary she filmed in South Africa as one of Harvard’s 2015 Artist Development Fellows.

Matthew Quallen
US University: Georgetown University

Matthew, a Connecticut Native, will graduate from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a degree in International History. He is interested in the problem of how injustice is rationalized in history. Matthew, who has worked on historical projects at the Brookings Institution and the Supreme Court, has done extensive research into local history, particularly the history of slaveholding in his hometown and at Georgetown. Matthew plans to take a degree in history at the University of Manchester.

Anu Ramachandran
US University: Johns Hopkins University/University of Southern California

Anu Ramachandran, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with degrees in neuroscience and philosophy and is pursuing her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her interests include medical anthropology and health systems, with a focus on refugees and migrant populations. She has conducted research in Brazil and Tanzania and currently volunteers connecting Baltimore refugees to health services. She plans to study public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with the goal of empowering underserved communities as a physician and global health advocate.

Joel Rhone
US University: Howard University

Joel is from Southern California and studies English at Howard University. During his time at Howard, Joel has earned Phi Beta Kappa honors, was president of the Sterling Allen Brown English Society, and mentored elementary school children at the U.S. Dream Academy in Southeast D.C. He also completed two summer research fellowships with the Leadership Alliance Melon Initiative at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia. As a Marshall Scholar, Joel will study how Black authors signify intimacy in their images of the African-American church. He will earn an M.A. degree in English from the University of Manchester.

Skyler Ross
US University: Yale University

Skyler Ross will graduate from Yale University with a B.A. in History. During his time at Yale, he has worked on more than 20 theatrical productions and is a past president of the Yale Drama Coalition, the umbrella group for theater at Yale. He also served as a board member of the Yale Dramatic Association, the second oldest college theater company in the U.S. He has at various points been involved with the Leadership Institute at Yale, the Yale Mock Trial Association, and the Yale Tour Guide program. While in England, he will pursue his MFA in Creative Producing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Alejandro Ruizesparza
US University: Stanford University

A proud Southside Chicago native, Alejandro Ruizesparza will be graduating from Stanford University with a degree in psychology and a Japanese language minor. As a long-time research assistant at Stanford’s “Culture and Emotion Lab,” Alejandro aids in research that analyzes cultural differences in idealized emotional states and their effects on social judgments. He will pursue an MSc in Sociology followed by an MSc in Social Statistics at Glasgow University. During his Marshall experience he hopes to further understand social and psychological influences shaping cross-cultural conflict and discover tools for constructing practical, empirically validated social interventions.