Jenesis Fonseca-Ledezma is a first year doctoral candidate in Harvard’s American Studies program. She is an interdisciplinary scholar from Los Angeles, CA who studies 20th and 21st century American culture, literature, and immigration law, with special focus on Latina/o and African American literatures. Her work explores the ways in which performance poetry in the U.S. functions in relation to grassroots social activism, community reform, and political movements. She is also a poet, and has recited her original work at community events and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
Given her strong commitment to higher education and public service, Jenesis is the recipient of the Warren Christopher Scholarship, a local Ronald McDonald House Charity/HACER Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She is also a proud scholar of the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, a national program dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of talented high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Jenesis received an A.B. in English and a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.
While at Harvard, she has co-founded “Arriba Juntos”, a mentoring program between Latinx undergraduate and graduate students. When she’s not writing poems or taking pictures, Jenesis is most likely drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee and/or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.