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Kay Thompson runs the blog Radio Palava. She graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a concentration in African Studies and a secondary field in Government. For her senior thesis, Katherine used a linguistic anthropology perspective to study the micropolitics of language and identity among urban youth in northern Nigeria, with a focus on the ways that local hiphop artists mobilize linguistic resources to build identities, critique society, and advocate for social change. After serving as a National Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools in Boston, she obtained a master’s degree in higher education at Iowa State University. She currently serves as Student Development Coordinator for the Upward Bound program at Central College, where she supports first-generation students as they prepare for success in college and beyond.

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