2021-2022 Scholars

Mikayla Harden

Mikayla Harden – Department of History.  Mikayla completed her master’s in History at the University of Delaware in 2021, focusing on the medical lives of Black children before 1865. Prior to coming to UD, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with departmental honors in African and African Diaspora Studies. She has an academic interest in gender, race, and medicine; centering on the experience of Black children. She is interested in learning about the Black Atlantic world, especially the Francophone and Anglophone nations. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. that will allow her to combine her research interests in medicine, gender, and law intending to teach in higher education. Concurrently with her studies, Mikayla informally studies computer languages, such as Python, and graphic design to curate digital humanities projects. While an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, Mikayla researched under Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, where they researched the slave cadaver trade, as well as Dr. Emily Owens at Brown University as a participant in the Leadership Alliance. Simultaneously, to her academic research, Mikayla volunteered at the Lyndon Baines John Presidential Library as a greeter and archivist. In the Spring of 2021, Mikayla was selected to participate in the virtual Mellon Scholar Internship remotely for the Library Company of Philadelphia. Outside of education, Mikayla is an avid tennis player and enjoys watching soccer.