Born and raised outside Atlanta, Georgia, Samantha Keng is a rising junior at Emory University studying History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. On campus, she works with Freedom at Emory, a coalition advocating for the educational rights of undocumented students. She is also involved with Students for a Free Tibet, an organization working in solidarity with the Tibetan people for self-determination and human rights. As an intern for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a non-profit law center, she creates programs to register voters and promote civic engagement among college students. Last summer, her interest in human rights and social movements led her to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she struggled with Spanish and drank one too many cups of café con leche. In the future, she hopes to pursue either a career in immigration law or a graduate degree in Asian American Studies or U.S. immigration history.
Updated May 2016
More from Samantha Keng
"We Will Not Be Used": On History, Accountability, and Liberatory Solidarity
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2016
In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks.
Deconstructing Democracy: U.S. Voter Suppression, Past and Present
Senior Fellows Samantha Keng and River Bunkley hosted a panel on voter suppression in the U.S., past and present, during the heat of the 2016 presidential election.