Soares will be the 7th recipient of the Richards Center Postdoctoral Fellowship during the 2019-2020 academic year. Created in partnership with Penn State’s Africana Research Center, the Richards Center fellowship is open to recently graduated Ph.D.s studying aspects of the African American experience from slavery to Civil Rights. While in residence, Soares will have access to the Richards and Africana Research Centers professional resources. She will have a mentor to guide her and will participate in a series of professional development workshops. Soares will present her research to the Penn State graduate community. Senior scholars in her area of specialty will be invited to the university to review and comment on her work.