Video Feature: Interview with Dixon Li, Marshall Scholarship Recipient
Dixon Li, CAAS Concentrator, receives prestigious Marshall Scholarship
Dixon Li, a senior earning a certificate in African American Studies is the only Princeton student or alumnus to receive the award in 2014. Marshall Scholarships provide funding for Americans of high ability to study at a graduate level for a degree in any field in the United Kingdom.
Li, an English major, will focus on earning two degrees while studying abroad. He will attend Queen Mary University in London to study writing and pursue a second degree from either University of Cambridge or the University of Manchester. He is currently working on writing his senior thesis about race and the five senses. Li credits his humanities background as one reason he stood out among the competitive applicant pool. "I'm in the humanities studying more political issues like race, sexuality and gender. There's not too many people doing that." Anne Cheng, professor in African American Studies and English, is Li's senior thesis advisor, she sites Li as a "cosmopolitan subject" representing what Princeton is all about, "someone who contributes to the world… someone who combines not only intellectual interests but also social awareness."
Li is planning for his future and life after graduate school. He hopes to use what he learns as a Marhsall Scholar to study and analyze how contemporary politics, government and even society responds to new social environments that are "radically strange" and varies from the norm. Professor Eddie Glaude, Chair of the Center for African American Studies, believes that Dixon's studies in AAS, especially the way in which he approached the materials has helped Dixon to understand the "complexities of the human experience" especially "through the experience of an oppressed group" and looks forward to having him carry that knowledge abroad.