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Myrtie Williams '12

Myrtie Williams entered the Mellon Fellowship as a sophomore working under the mentorship of Professor Michelle Wright in the African American Studies Department. Her current research interests are entrenched in the online black natural hair community. Through the process of her senior thesis project, Our Voices are PowerFro: Black women and the development of diaspora identity in the online natural hair community, Myrtie researched networks of communication among Black women developed through blogs, YouTube channels, discussion board forums, and social media sites exchanging in their experiences and sentiments with "going natural." Myrtie is currently entering her second year as a doctoral student in the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at the University of California Davis.