Trey Sullivan ’19 Named Marshall Scholar

Ronald “Trey” Sullivan, member of RL’s Class of 2019 and a senior at Harvard, was selected as one of 51 students nationwide to be named to the Marshall Scholarship Class of 2024. Recipients will spend the next two years in the United Kingdom to pursue graduate studies at the college or university of their choice.

At Harvard, Trey is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in history and literature, with a language citation in French. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, Trey also received the Lucy Allen Paton Prize for excellence in Humanities and the Fine Arts in the same year, which is awarded to a member of Harvard’s junior and senior classes, respectively, who shows great promise in the fields.

Trey is a founding member and editor for Indigo magazine, the premier Black literature and arts publication of Harvard’s undergraduate community. He is a member of the university’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which seeks to promote diversity and emphasizes the path to doctoral studies in the humanities and social sciences for talented undergraduates in the fields. Trey has also served as chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity program at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, a program that focuses on the intersection of race, ethnicity and politics, and provides a welcoming space for learning and reflection through discussion.

According to The Harvard Gazette, Trey has focused his undergraduate studies on “the organization of labor and distribution of land in the French Caribbean after France abolished slavery in its colonies in 1848, and how 19th-century ideologies shaped the way Black labor laws and land rights were legislated.”

As a Marshall Scholar, Trey will pursue a PhD in history at the University of Cambridge, and engage in a comparative analysis of labor policies across the French and British Caribbean, as well as the American South, in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery.

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