Awards and Grants

Research Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships 


  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant, UC Merced: “AfroTerrace Learning and Living Center; Retention and Support for Black Students.” ($5,000).


  •  Hellman Faculty Fellows Fund Award, UC Merced: “The Phenomenology of Coloured South Africans” ($20,000).
  • Academic Senate Faculty Grant, UC Merced: “The Phenomenology of Coloured South Africans” ($5000)


  • Emerging Diversity Scholar, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan.
  • Best Graduate Student Paper 1st place, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Division on Race and Ethnic Minorities: “Racial Hierarchy and Racial Limbo: The Relative Deprivation of Coloured South Africans.”
  • Best Graduate Student Paper 2nd place, Vanderbilt University, Sociology: “Racial Hierarchy and Racial Limbo: Generalized Attitudes and Perceived Relative Deprivation of Coloureds in Contemporary South Africa.
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (declined for faculty position).


  • Robert Penn Warren Dissertation Fellowship, Vanderbilt University. ($24000)
  • Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship, Mid-South Sociological Association. ($1000)


  • Best Graduate Student Paper 1st place, Vanderbilt University, Sociology: “Performing Race on the ‘World White Web’” (with Heather H. Kettrey).
  • International Travel Award, Vanderbilt University. ($1000)


  •  Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University, Sociology: “The Implications of Racial Inconsistency.”($2000)


  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship – Honorable Mention


  • Marion T. Loftin Fellowship, Vanderbilt University. ($3000 for each year of graduate training)

2004-2008 (Undergraduate)

  •  Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright Foundation with Michigan State University. ($8000)
  • Padnos International Center, Grand Valley State University. ($1000)
  • Bert Price Diversity Scholarship, Grand Valley State University. (full tuition, 4 years)