Anise Vance ’11 is a Senior Fellow major and a sociology minor. On campus, he has been involved with the Afro-American Society, the Men of Color Alliance, the Council on Student Organizations, and Casque and Gauntlet.
As the mixed race son of an Iranian mother and African-American father, Anise grew up actively questioning and continually reforming his own identity. Born in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire and raised in Botswana, Kenya and Egypt, Anise, at an early age, became keenly interested in the ways physical space influenced behaviors and ideologies. His Senior Fellow thesis, which discusses the ties between structural segregation, collective memory and identity formation in reference to the black community in Hartford, CT, was born out of these personal and intellectual interests. This coming academic year, Anise will be in Belfast, Northern Ireland studying for an M.Phil in Geography and researching ethno-national identity and conflict. Anise intends to pursue a doctorate in sociology or geography, with a particular focus on urban space. In his free time, Anise enjoys gouda cheese, the New York Football Giants and the occasional episode of Gossip Girl.