Katherine Powell

Class of 2020

Proudly hailing from Chicago, IL.  Kat is drawn to the intersections of race, gender, Diasporic identity formation, and socio-literary studies. She wants to study Global Race and Ethnicity track with a focus on African and African Diaspora women’s literature. Kat was excited to declare AAS as her major, as she found it was the best fit to do interdisciplinary studies of Black life with a Black lens. One of her favorite classes at Princeton has been “Migrations: From Genesis to Toni Morrison,” in which she analyzed stories of migration and how they affected the sense of cultural belonging in the people who move and those who are left behind. Another of her favorite experiences at Princeton was the Humanities Sequence and the fall break trip to Rome, where she studied the iconography of slavery in the city. 

Besides being interested in Black womanhood, Kat participates in many activities on campus. She is an Orange Key tour guide; an officer of diSiac Dance Company; a mentor for the Princeton University Mentorship Program; and an intern at the Carl A. Fields Center. In her free time, she enjoys watching Desperate Housewives, chatting on the phone with her grandma, or reading (anything fantasy or Toni Morrison). She’s very excited to be joining the African American Studies Department, both to study a convoluted past and a more liberated future.