Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2014), Georgetown University
Master of Philosophy in Education (2016), University of Cambridge
Aya Waller-Bey is a fourth-year doctoral candidate. She completed her B.A. in Sociology with a Social Justice concentration and minor in African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She then received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship in 2015 and earned her MPhil in Education at the University of Cambridge in England. Before beginning her doctoral work at Michigan, Aya worked in the Office of University Initiatives at Arizona State University as a University Innovation Fellow. She also worked as an admissions officer and coordinator of multicultural recruitment in undergraduate admissions at Georgetown University. Her dissertation research examines how Black students make sense of narratives constructed in college personal statements and how Black students respond to racialized expectations to narrate trauma in college personal statements.