Re-rooted: Wellington Prize takes professor Emilie Diouf home

Emilie Diouf

When Assistant professor of English Emilie Diouf first learned she won the Wellington Prize, her first thought was about how her colleague Anita Hannig used the prize money on a daring rock climbing excursion last year.

"I'm not so adventurous," Diouf said with a laugh.

So, Diouf came up with something practical for the award. And meaningful. The Wellington Prize was established by an anonymous donor in 1993 who wished “to enliven the spirits and delight the senses of assistant professors.” Winners are selected at random at the final faculty meeting of the year and can use the award in nearly any way they see fit. Diouf decided to put her prize money toward a trip home to Senegal with her 2-year-old daughter, Annette. Diouf, who moved to the United States in 2008 to pursue an master's degree and PhD at Michigan State University, had not been to Senegal in three years, and her daughter had never been before. They visited with relatives and friends in Dakar, Thies, Mbour, and Joal- Fadiouth over seven weeks in July and August.

Learn more about Diouf's trip to Senegal on Brandeis Now.

Categories: Faculty
Date: October 23, 2018