Alumni Profiles

Casey Africano

Casey Africano with Director of Undergraduate Studies Maria McKenna

What can you do with an Africana Studies major? Anything! Because the Notre Dame Department of Africana Studies is so interdisciplinary, our students are prepared to succeed in any number of industries, including business, government, education, law, medicine, and more.

As you can see below, graduates of Africana Studies and the Doan Scholars Program go on to do amazing things. 

Africana Studies majors, Emmie Mediate '15 and Alex Coccia '14, were named Rhodes Scholars in back-to-back years. Emmie, who spent three summers conducting global health research in Uganda, used her Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation. Alex, who wrote his senior thesis on conflict reconciliation in Rwanda, chose a DPhil in comparative social policy. 

Casey Africano, a four-time monogram winner with the Notre Dame Women’s Softball team, finished her master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Methodist University and now works with the Los Angeles Rams Organization in community outreach and engagement work. 

Doan Scholar Arlia Delphonse works as a Library Technician at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Olivia Furman

Olivia Furman, a passionate arts educator, is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Education at Michigan State University after completing a Master in Education with the Alliance for Catholic Education while teaching in New Orleans, LA. Watch Olivia speak about her experiences as an Africana Studies major here.

Therese Germain, a Doan Scholar, after working at the Boston Consulting Group and forming her own company now works with Ruggable as their Director of Product.

Leila Renee Green, one of our Doan Scholars, completed a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, worked at Black Balloon Publishing in NYC, and is now pursuing an MFA in Creative writing at Syracuse University.

Jacqueline Mack graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and is now an Associate Attorney in the WPD Business Law Department.

Demetrius Murphy is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California. He also serves on board of directors of the University of Notre Dame's Diversity Council.

Doan Scholar Kwame Nuako is a doctor of psychiatry in Dallas, Texas

Lauren Pate is a Trust and Safety Policy Specialist at Twitter. 

Blaise Ross 

Before heading to medical school, Alexandra Rice spent the year in healthcare-related service with Westmoreland Volunteer Corps in Bethesda, MD. She is now a resident MD at Duke University in Family Medicine. 

Blaise Ross attended the University of Chicago Law School and is now Associate Council at Players Matter for the NBA.

Michael Savage after a stint as Golden State Warriors' Legal Counsel is an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

After spending a summer working as a Consular Intern at the United States Department of State and working for the civil rights law firm, Relman, Dane, and Colfax in Washington D.C. Francesca Simon is a J.D. Candidate at University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.

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