Elijah Christopher DeVaughn, Jr.
Elijah Christopher DeVaughn, Jr. hails from Compton, California. He is currently a senior concentrating in History and Literature with a secondary in African-American studies. He is particularly interested in how Shirley Chisholm––the first black woman elected to the United States Congress and the first black woman to run for President––grappled with the ethics of representation. In his extracurricular work, Elijah is Founder of EJayyTalks, a lecture series he conducts in Compton to inspire youth. On campus, he serves as a research assistant to Professor David Gergen and served as the Co-Chair of the Fellows Study Group program at Harvard's Institute of Politics. In summer 2018, Elijah served as a legislative intern for Senator Kamala Harris in Washington D.C. With hopes of being a public servant, Elijah will never stop dreaming and will forever represent his family, his hometown, and his race with the upmost pride.