Monica Espaillat Lizardo

Monica Espaillat Lizardo

We are very proud to note that Monica Espaillat Lizardo (New ’13; Honours BA with high distinction, History Specialist & Equity Studies Major) has been awarded a prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarship for doctoral studies: these are extremely competitive, with only approximately 50 awarded annually in the social science and humanities research area. The awarding body considers three equally weighted evaluation criteria – academic excellence, research potential, and leadership – and the scholarship is awarded for three years during doctoral studies. Monica also holds a Junior Jackman Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Toronto.

That she should have been successful in securing this award comes as no surprise to New College. Professor June Larkin (Director, Equity Studies Program) and Professor Deborah Knott (Director of the Writing Centre and Vice-Principal of New College) recall clearly Monica’s impressive list of achievements during her time here: a Dean’s Honour List student, she was President of the Equity Studies Student Union, Lead Residence Don for two years, and received the Maurice Cody Memorial Prize in Modern History, a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award and the Rick Halpern Book Prize in History.

Monica is a cross-appointed doctoral student in History and Sexual Diversity Studies, supervised by Professor Melanie Newton, Director of New College’s Caribbean Studies Program. Her PhD project is “Transversive Movements: A Trans History of Hispaniola, 1970–2000″, an examination of how economic opportunities and religious/political climates shaped the migration of Trans people in late 20th-century Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Congratulations, Monica – we look forward to following your future successes!