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Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

Literature
River

River

PhD candidate

Expertise

Latin Epic Literature

Ellis

Ellis

PhD candidate

Expertise

Iberian and Latin American literatures and cultures, contemporary activism and social movements, humor studies, literary analysis, cultural studies, urban studies, creative writing

Patricia

Patricia

PhD candidate

Expertise

Art History, Feminist theory, Decolonial theory

Rachel

Rachel

PhD

Expertise

refugee health diplomacy and policy, Middle East and North Africa

Allen

Allen

PhD

Expertise

projects that combine computing/programming and literature, language, or history; myth, ancient literature, Ancient Greek, Latin; analyzing language and literature with AI; linguistics

Shana

Shana

MPH candidate

Expertise

Global/Public Health, Community Advocacy, Writing, Spanish, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Decolonization, Trauma-Informed Care, Community Health

Alex

Alex

MD candidate

Expertise

clinical biology, cognitive psychology, US history, classic literature, LGBTQ+ history and rights

Semilore

Semilore

PhD candidate

Expertise

Black Atlantic Literature, African & African-American Studies, postcolonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies

Bailey

Bailey

PhD

Expertise

Writing, rhetorical analysis, feminist analysis, archival research, creative writing

Katie

Katie

MPA candidate

Expertise

History, English, Psychology, Environmental Science/Studies, Political Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, Immigration Rights, Social Justice, Advocacy

Brooke

Brooke

MFA

Expertise

Creative Writing, Journalism, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Composition, Literary Analysis, Pop Culture / Media / Art Commentary and Criticism

Meg

Meg

PhD candidate

Expertise

Materials Sciences/ Applied Physics / Electrical Engineering

Sam

Sam

PhD candidate

Expertise

Film studies + production, American literature, American history, Gender studies, Music

Alexander "Hutch"

Alexander "Hutch"

MPA

Expertise

Public Affairs and Non-Profit Service

Sydnie

Sydnie

PhD candidate

Expertise

Classics, Ancient Greek, Women in Antiquity, Greco-Roman Mythology, Magic and Witchcraft in Antiquity

Sarah

Sarah

MFA

Expertise

Filmmaking (directing, cinematography), screenwriting, film analysis

Lydia

Lydia

EdD candidate

Expertise

Education, Educational leadership, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Policy and Procedure

Rebecca

Rebecca

MA

Expertise

Memorialization culture (monuments, memorials, and museums); Public history; Genocide, crimes against humanity, and mass atrocities; History of human rights; Germany [German literature, poetry, film, and art]; 20th century; World War II

Susan

Susan

MA

Expertise

Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Folklore and Fairy Tale Studies, Editorial Work, Publishing, Mythology, Dystopian film and literature, Speculative fiction, Fantasy fiction, Magical Realism, Writing for Publication

Sophia

Sophia

PhD candidate

Expertise

History, Philosophy, Social Science, Political Science, Literature, Cultural Studies, Museum Studies