In 2021 Boston Review launched the Black Voices in the Public Sphere fellowship, an initiative designed to prepare and support a more diverse generation of  journalists, editors, and publishers.

We are proud to introduce our second cohort of fellows:

  • Maya Jenkins brings her interest in colonially conditioned interracial solidarities to her editorial role at Boston Review. Building on past archival research, Maya will work with writers to uncover the historical ties that bind communities of color to one another and to explore the ways that artists, organizers, and everyday folks are working to build power for themselves and for others. Maya received a Bachelor’s from Harvard University where she studied sociology and English. She wrote her senior thesis on the relationship between slavery and American colonization in the Philippines.
  • N’Kosi Oates is a social and cultural historian who studies African American life through culture, aesthetics, literature, and history. He earned his PhD in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. His work has been published the National Review of Black Politics, Journal of Africana Religions, The Nation, Ebony, Black Perspectives, and Huffington Post. N’Kosi holds a Masters in Arts in Religion from Yale University and a Bachelors with distinction in Political Science and Communication from the University of Delaware.