Five Yale seniors headed to Oxford and Cambridge with Keasbey, Henry, and Mellon Fellowships

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Fellowship winners wills study at Oxford and Cambridge universities. (© stock.adobe.com)

Five Yale seniors are headed to Oxford and Cambridge this fall with the generous support of the Keasbey, Henry, and Paul Mellon fellowships.

Alex Herkert has won a Keasby Memorial Foundation Scholarship; Eve Houghton, Reed Morgan, and Emily Yankowitz have been award Paul Mellon Fellowships; and Ann Sarnak has been awarded a Henry Fellowship.

Alex Herkert

For 60 years, the Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship has given students the opportunity to study at Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, or Aberystwyth so that they might pursue degrees in Britain and experience fully the life of the British college system and university. Yale is invited to nominate candidates for the Keasbey Scholarship every three years. Herkert is one of just two winners of the Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship this year, having competed for the fellowship with students from Amherst, Princeton, and Swarthmore.

Eve Houghton

Herkert will complete two separate one-year master’s degrees at Oxford University, in contemporary Chinese studies and in global governance and diplomacy. A global affairs major at Yale, he has focused his time on understanding the relationship between the United States and China, and has spent all three of his undergraduate summers in China. Most recently, he worked as an economic specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and hopes to do his thesis at Oxford on Chinese economic diplomacy through One Belt, One Road. Outside of the classroom, Herkert is a member of the varsity lightweight crew team, is a university tour guide, and served as editor-in-chief of China Hands Magazine. 

The Paul Mellon Fellowship is given to two or three graduating Yale seniors each year for study at Clare College, Cambridge. Houghton will pursue the M.Phil. in Renaissance literature at Cambridge. She is an English major, a curatorial assistant for early modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library, and a co-organizer of the Yale Program in the History of the Book. Her thesis, “Pretending to Read: Humanist Culture and the Anxieties of Abridgement,” argues that early modern tools designed to facilitate the rapid or discontinuous perusal of texts also raised concerns about imposture, pretense, and failures of readerly attention. In the English department, her writing has been awarded the McLaughlin, Curtis, and Bloch prizes. She has curated two exhibits from Yale collections, “Shocking Calumnies: The Angry Reader and the Early Modern Book” and “Not Reading in Early Modern England.”

Reed Morgan
Emily Yankowitz

Morgan will enroll in the M.Phil. in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge University. The course is a one-year degree with both taught and research elements. He will study Insular Latin and Old English literature while writing a dissertation on Bede. Morgan is especially interested in medieval portrayals of nature across genre and medium, and he plans to compare Bede’s cosmographic writings with his exegesis of the creation narrative in Genesis. He also plans to remain involved with choral music while at Cambridge.  

Yankowitz is a history major with particular interest in Anglo-American relations after the American Revolution, early republic politicians and historians, and public history. In addition to conducting research for numerous professors in the Department of History, Emily is an editor for The Yale Historical Review, a leader of a New Haven Girl Scout troop, a Pierson College aide, and an active member of the St. Thomas More community. At Cambridge, she plans to earn an M.Phil. in American history. Her research will focus on the integration of black and white American Revolution loyalists into post-Revolution societies in the United States and England.

Ann Sarnak

Each year, one Yale senior is also awarded the Henry Fellowship, which supports one year of study at Oxford or Cambridge. With the support of the Henry Fellowship, Sarnak will earn an M.Sc. in comparative social policy next year at Oxford. Through this program, Sarnak hopes to build both quantitative and qualitative research skills that will enable her to adopt new, comprehensive, and critical perspectives on policy formulation. She looks forward to applying these techniques to her specific areas of interest, especially the relationship between access to affordable housing, economic opportunity, and healthcare in cities. Outside of her studies, Sarnak will continue to engage in social justice activism and advocacy to learn about the most effective tactics for grassroots political mobilization in this new transatlantic political climate. 

 Students interested in any of these fellowships may seek advice from the Office of Fellowship Programs in the Center for International and Professional Experience.

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