University of Vermont

George Washington Henderson Fellowship Program

Previous Henderson Fellows

  • C. Brandon Ogbunugafor was a Henderson Fellow in the Biology department. His research drew upon a broad set of perspectives ranging from clinical medicine to biophysics in order to gain a richer understanding of evolution. He did this by utilizing evolutionary theory, mathematical modeling, experimental evolution and genomic approaches. His interest focused on the relationship between genotype and phenotype and factors that influence evolvability. The more applied sphere of his interests attempted to draw on evolutionary theory and systems biology to gain a better understanding of infectious disease ecology. He studied an array of microbes and epidemiological phenomena, ranging from bacteriophage to malaria, tuberculosis and human viruses like HIV and HCV.


  • Pablo Bose, former Henderson Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at UVM. He is also affiliated with the Global Studies, Canadian Studies, Asian Studies, and ALANA Ethnic Studies programs. His work is focused on issues of space, place, and power. He has taught courses on South Asia, immigration, transnationalism, political ecology, race and ethnicity, and population displacement at UVM. Dr. Bose’s current projects include a study of globalization and urbanization in mega-cities in India, a book on ethics and international development, and ongoing research into refugee resettlement and acculturation in Vermont.


  • Todne Thomas Chipumuro was a Henderson Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Her research interests focused on Caribbean diasporic religions, black Atlantic migrations, Afro-diasporic family systems, and the anthropology of Christianity.  Her dissertation, Coming Alongside: Relatedness and Transcendence in a (Black) Atlantic Church Community explored the spiritual kinship ties mediating the lived religious experiences and imaginaries of a West Indian and African American evangelical faith community in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to providing a closer look into how black evangelicals understand their connections to the sacred and one another, her work compeled a reconsideration of kinship as a primarily biological phenomenon and provided a portrait of changing geographies of the U.S. South in a globalizing world. She is an Assistant Professor in the Religion Department at UVM.


  • Shametrice Davis joined the Higher Education and Student Affairs program faculty as a Henderson Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Education and Social Services in the fall of 2012. She finished her doctoral studies at the University of Denver, where she completed her dissertation research on the success of historically Black colleges and universities in the 21st century. Through her research, Shametrice hopes to expose underlying systemic injustice leading to individual inequity or oppression and give voice to non-dominant communities that are not pervasive to dominant ideologies and scholarship. Integral to her research is a strengths-based approach to empowering underrepresented communities and leaders. Shametrice is an Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Leadership at California State University.


  • Nadège Dufort is a former Henderson Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages. She received her Ph.D. in Francophone Studies from the University of Louisiana, at Lafayette in Spring 2009 with a specialization in insular literatures. She earned an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy at the University of Delaware in Spring 2005. She also earned a Maîtrise de Français Langue Etrangère (F.L.E.), (M.A. in French as a Foreign Language) at the Institut Supérieur d'Etudes Francophones (I.S.E.F.), University of Antilles and French Guiana, Martinique, September 2001. She was a recipient of the Regional Council of Martinique grant for her dissertation. Her research interests center on the comparison between French Caribbean and Indian Ocean Literatures around the concepts of Créolité, Créolisation, and Coolitude. She has done extensive research and presentations at conferences (C.I.E.F) on Indian Ocean and French Caribbean authors. She has six years of experience teaching French and Francophone cultures at various levels in the United States, Martinique, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Nadege is currently a Lecturer of French at East Tennessee State University.


  • Carlos Garcia-Quijano, was a fellow in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Garcia-Quijano's principal line of research focused on understanding the relationship between local/traditional ecological knowledge (LEK/TEK), coastal resource use and human well-being in the Caribbean, especially Puerto Rico. He investigated how small-scale coastal resource users, such as fishers and land crab hunters, use their knowledge of social-ecological systems to succeed in their enterprises. Specifically, what constitutes success for Puerto Rican small-scale fishers and the relationship between their knowledge of local ecosystems and their success in fishing. He is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island.


  • Randall Harp, former Henderson Fellow, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Philosophy at UVM.  His research interests primarily lie at the various intersections of rationality, justification, agency, and sociality.  He is interested in the philosophical underpinnings of the behavioral sciences and of the social sciences; in explanations of individual and collective behavior; in the explanatory adequacy of rational choice theory and game theory; and in the ways that we model rational and irrational behaviors. He teaches courses in the philosophy of action, logic, the philosophy of social science, ethics, and ancient philosophy.


  • Dorian McCoy, former Henderson Fellow, focused his research on the experiences of people of color in higher education, access to higher education, and faculty/graduate student socialization. Dorian’s courses include the Student Affairs Profession, Issues of Access in Higher Education, and Introduction to Higher Education Research. His most recent work was “Multicultural Student Services at Public Institutions;” a chapter in the forthcoming text Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community: Multicultural Student Services on Campus. Dorian is currently an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Tennessee.


  • Anthony McInnis, former Henderson Fellow, was an Assistant Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. His research and teaching interests centered on the design, testing and development of ecologically designed systems for the treatment of wastes in industrial, institutional and community settings. His research draws upon multiple disciplines to address complex environmental and socio-economic problems. His research focused on treating mining wastes using ecological processes, and the development of algae based biodiesels and liquid fuels. Anthony is currently serving as a consultant in the Monitoba, Canada area.


  • Rashad Shabazz, former Henderson fellow, was an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department. A graduate of the History of Consciousness department, Rashad’s work explores the ways in which space shape Black identity in the United States and South Africa. His work examines how ubiquitous forms of carceral punishment organized the lives of poor Blacks in America’s cities. Rashad is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.



  • Carlos Vargas-Silva was a fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences. His research interests are economic development and migration (with a special focus on workers’ remittances). One strand of his research examines the relationship between remittances and the macroeconomic variables of the remittance receiving countries. Another analyzes the impact of demographic factors on the amounts remitted. He is also interested in assessing the future global and regional migration trends and their effects on receiving and sending countries.¬†Carlos is currently an associate professor and senior researcher at the University of Oxford, where he is based at the Centre on Migration, Ploicy and Society (COMPAS). He is also a member of Kellogg College.


    Sherwood Smith, Ph.D.
    1995-96 Henderson Fellow, UVM Senior Executive Director for Diversity, Engagement & Professional Development; Director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism: Lecturer for Department of Leadership & Developmental Sciences.

    "The Fellowship gave me a wonderful opportunity at UVM to experience faculty life and finish writing my dissertation. At UVM I found many opportunities to be involved and meet some wonderful people both on and off-campus."

    Luis A. Vivanco, Ph.D.
    1997-99 Henderson Fellow, UVM Professor of Anthropology; Co-Director of the Humanities Center

    "In some very important respects, this fellowship extended and deepened my graduate a fellow I had many opportunities to become involved in undergraduate teaching and life, which provided valuable hands-on training for the tenure track position I would eventually assume."

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