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2 Pennsylvania students among latest Rhodes scholars

November 18, 2018

Two students from Pennsylvania, Harvard senior Brittany Ellis and University of Pennsylvania senior Anea Moore, are among the latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars heading to Oxford University in England next fall.

“I’m still in a bit of shock, trying to process different emotions,” said Harvard senior Britanny Ellis, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, who was on a summer program at Oxford in 2013. “I’m so honored and privileged.”

Ellis has spent the last two summers in Jordan, first studying Arabic and then working on an archaeological dig. Currently studying social anthropology and archaeology, she will study visual, material and museum studies at Oxford, with hopes of entering the anthropology doctoral program and eventually working in museums.

“I’m really passionate about using cultural materials ... in more accessible and socially responsible ways,” she said.

Also a reporter and news executive at the Harvard Crimson, she manages Harvard’s largest intramural crew program and serves as captain and coxswain of her crew. She said she’s looking forward to having access to all of the museums and other cultural resources in the area and would also love to stay involved in a crew program as coxswain.

Officials say Moore, of Philadelphia, is studying law and minoring in Africana Studies and is co-president of a nonprofit serving low-income college students. Researching issues related to gentrification, race, class, and family engagement and well-being, at Oxford, she plans to pursue degrees in evidence-based social intervention and in comparative international education.

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