Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program
Marisa Marinelli


Marisa Marinelli



Rawls & Racial Injustice

Marisa Marinelli, English and Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jason Grinnell, Philosophy

Marisa is a December 2019 Buffalo State graduate who majored in English and Philosophy. She is currently taking a gap year to decide whether to continue on to graduate school in one of the two disciplines, or to pursue law school.

During her fellowship, Marisa read and wrote extensively on different theories of justice and their real-world implications in the United States. She discovered that the application of John Rawls’ theory can be helpful in pointing out racial injustices present in fundamental aspects of the American criminal justice system today. Marisa has an academic paper pending on her research on theory and practice in institutional policy in the United States.

Marisa Marinelli