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Regina Fuller

Class of 2011

Regina FullerRegina Fuller ’11 graduated with a double major in Spanish and Intercultural Studies, minor in Government and concentration in African-American Studies. The Spanish department at Wofford prepared me to not only gain written and oral proficiency in Spanish but to analyze the world using critical theory. I remember fretting about my hardest class, Spanish 308 and trying to apply feminist and Marxist theory to a Spanish short story. While this class challenged me, it equipped me to understand and apply critical theory later in life as a graduate student at the University of Ghana and University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also studied abroad in Santiago, Dominican Republic for a semester and spent an interim in Cuernavaca, Mexico studying Spanish.

One of the highlights of my Wofford career was being awarded the Presidential International Scholarship. During my senior year, I traveled to Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Egypt, Israel, India, and Germany researching the music and dance of the African Diaspora. Thanks to my Spanish fluency and past experience living abroad, I felt at ease traveling and connecting with local communities.

Since graduating from Wofford, my academic and professional careers have spanned South America and West Africa. I have a master’s degree in African Studies from the University of Ghana Legon where I studied as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from 2011 to 2012. After completing my master’s, I lived in Ghana working on a variety of education programs for high school youth. Later, I taught English as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Federal University of Matto Grosso do Sul in Campo Grande, Brazil in 2014.

I am currently a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Comparative and International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Spanish department at Wofford helped me to imagine myself as a professor and has inspired my doctoral interdisciplinary research. My research interests lie at the intersection of school policy on teenage pregnancy and reproductive health education of adolescent girls in Sierra Leone and the United States. In 2016, I won the Health Policy Research Scholars Fellowship, a four-year doctoral fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. After completing doctoral study, I plan to pursue health and international education policy work in Washington, DC or West Africa.