Provost Diversity Fellow: Vayne Ong

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Vayne Ong, PhD candidate

Department and School
History, Arts & Sciences 

Vayne is a doctoral student of United States history. She is broadly interested in the histories of the carceral state, racial capitalism, and leisure and sport. She focuses on how the social lives of Black and Asian American communities encountered policing, incarceration, and postwar urbanization. She has researched race and rebellion, community activism, municipal politics, and the welfare state. Her work also engages community-based curatorial and archival practices. Prior to Columbia, Vayne received her B.A. from Princeton University in history with honors and a minor in urban studies. She has also spent two years working in youth and adult political education, civic engagement, and employment law.

Frank Guridy, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Favorite hangout on or off campus
Long run in Central Park

To learn more about Vayne Ong, please email her directly.