Oluwatoyin Edogun

Class of 2020

Oluwatoyin Edogun is a third-year student from a small suburb outside of Nashville, TN. She is pursuing her African American Studies degree through the subfield of African American Culture and Life. Her research interests are primarily focused on the ways that ordinary African Americans engaged in resistance against oppression through leisure or small acts of rebellion. She is a Mellon Mays Fellow, and she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Studies before going on to be a professor of African American History.

Her favorite class at Princeton has been “Race and the American Legal Process: Emancipation to the Voting Rights Act,” which was taught by Dr. Imani Perry. The course allowed her to think critically about laws that are primarily thought of as beneficial to the black community, such as Brown v. Board of Education. The class had such an impact on her that she plans on pursuing the topic of Brown v. Board of Education for her senior thesis.

During her time at Princeton, Oluwatoyin has been involved in a number of activities geared towards growing the black community on campus. She is one of the founding members of the Black Student-Alumni Coalition, which has brought speakers such as Craig Robinson ‘83 back to campus to strengthen the relationship between black students and alumni. She is also the president of the Princeton Association of Black Women. When she is not in class or leading meetings for the student groups she heads, Oluwatoyin is involved with the cheerleading team and DoroBucci Dance group.