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Christopher Fiorello '11 Awarded a Beinecke Scholarship

Christopher Fiorello, Pomona College Class of 2011, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship. Each Beinecke scholar receives $4,000 during senior year to help with the expenses of applying, visiting and moving to graduate school, and an additional $30,000 while enrolled in a graduate program. Only 20 Beinecke Scholarships were awarded this year.

Fiorello is a double major in sociology and English at Pomona and will enter a Ph.D. program in sociology. Inspired by Pomona College Professor Hung Cam Thai, he is planning a career in academic sociology and a research focus on international migration, Arab culture and sexuality. During his senior year at Pomona, he plans to study “highly-skilled return migrants' attitudes towards sexuality in Jordan and Syria.”

“My research projects with [Prof. Thai] over the past three years have taught me more about the depths of sociology than any classroom experience ever could have,” says Fiorello. “Over the course of two years, I worked with Prof. Thai in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, documenting the lives of Western expatriates in the city….. Afterwards, I spent a summer helping to compose the literature review for his forthcoming book, about the same expatriates I had interviewed. Having the opportunity to experience all parts of the creation of sociological knowledge--from target group selection to data acquisition to data analysis--sparked the interest that has led me to pursue sociology in my graduate studies.”

Fiorello is the son of Patricia Fiorello-Guggisberg and graduated from Rockhurst High School, a Jesuit high school in Kansas City, MO.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is known for small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.