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ACLS Promotes Two to Program Director


On Monday, March 31, ACLS President Pauline Yu announced the promotion of ACLS Program Officers John Paul Christy and Matthew Goldfeder to new roles as program directors. Goldfeder has been appointed as director of fellowship programs and Christy as director of public programs.

“While John Paul and Matthew will have primary responsibility for separate portfolios of programs at ACLS,” Yu said, “their new positions as directors will allow them to continue the exemplary collaborative teamwork that they have displayed since joining ACLS in 2012, and especially in this past fellowship season.” 

matthewAs director of fellowship programs, Goldfeder will be responsible for the infrastructure that supports ACLS fellowship programs and the analysis of their outcomes and will take the lead on several programs in ACLS’s fellowship portfolio. Goldfeder has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining ACLS in 2012, he managed programs and projects in diverse environments: the for-profit sector, academic publishing, and for non-governmental organizations.

johnpaulAs director of public programs, Christy will oversee a range of fellowship programs as well as other activities that present ACLS, its work, and the humanities scholarship ACLS represents to its several constituencies, including the general public. Christy has a Ph.D. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining ACLS, he served as a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, D.C., working on issues related to U.S. public diplomacy, Internet freedom and anti-censorship, and public humanities. 

Both will undertake the research and design of new ventures as ACLS nears its centenary in 2019. 

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