2022-23 Ledecky Fellows

Sofia Andrade and Josie AbugovPhotograph by Stu Rosner

Harvard Magazine welcomes Josie Abugov ’23 and Sofia Andrade ’24 to its editorial staff as the 2022-2023 Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows. Starting in the November-December issue, they will alternate as authors of the “Undergraduate” column, and will also contribute articles in print and online about student activities and concerns and other aspects of Harvard life.

Abugov, of Los Angeles, is concentrating jointly in social studies and women, gender, and sexuality. She’s served as a Crimson staff writer and is editor-at-large for The Crimson’s magazine Fifteen Minutes. During a leave of absence in 20201-21, she internted for the CNN Documentary Unit. She is co-developing a screenplay with Janet Yang Productions, about women of color at an elite university. Abugov spent the summer interning for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This academic year, she will write a senior thesis exploring the history of black women’s land ownership and inheritance laws, a project that grew out of previous research on the Gullah Geechee community in South Carolina.

Andrade is a first-generation student from Miami, with family roots in Ecuador. She is concentrating jointly in history and literature and women, gender, and sexuality. She serves as The Crimson’s arts chair and as a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review. During a leave of absence in 2021-22, she worked as a reporter for the nonprofit news site WhoWhatWhy, and has been a contributor to several publications, including The New York TimesThe NationReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, and Mother Jones. She spent the summer in Miami, writing for El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish) and the Miami Herald (in English).

The fellowships are supported by Jonathan J. Ledecky ’79, M.B.A. ’83, and named in honor of his late mother. For updates on past Ledecky Fellows and links to their work, see harvardmag.com/ledecky.

This article was updated on August 17, 2022, to reflect recent changes to Abugov's thesis topic and to add her 2020-21 activity during a leave of absence. 

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