Ben Braddock ’15, majoring in Psychology and African American Studies, earned second place in the National Council for Black Studies College Student Essay Contest in February.
His essay was on “The Invisible (Wo)Man and Miley Cyrus: Toward a Definition of Ratchet.” Braddock is also a College of Arts & Sciences Administrative Resident Assistant.
“For those of us who have had Ben in class, his recent NCBS student award comes as no surprise,” says Dr. Robin D. Muhammad, Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies at Ohio University.
“Ben is a rising star among our undergraduate double majors in the discipline,” says Dr. Ronald J. Stephens, Associate Professor of African American Studies.
. He not only placed second in the essay contest but has since been awarded as a Keto fellow for the National Council for Black Studies. It’s been a pleasure to mentor him, and others AAS students.
In the student essay contest, essays can focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.