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ACLS Names 20 Recent PhDs as Public Fellows


ACLS Names 20 Recent PhDs as Public Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies announces the 2014 cohort of ACLS Public Fellows. Designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities, the career-building fellowship allows recent humanities PhDs to gain significant experience in a variety of fields, including communications, public policy, arts management, and digital media. The ACLS Public Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“The Public Fellows program attracts talented, motivated PhDs who seek to put their advanced education to productive use outside of the academy,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “The diversity of our institutional partnerships, from the American Refugee Committee to Kiva to the Smithsonian, demonstrates just how valuable a humanities PhD can be to a wide variety of careers beyond the classroom.”

This year’s 20 ACLS Public Fellows will take up two-year assignments in government agencies and non-profit organizations, including the Center for Public Integrity, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

“ACLS launched the Public Fellows program in 2011 with a cohort of eight fellows,” Christy said. “The great demand for the fellowships—among PhDs and employers alike—encouraged us to expand this career-building initiative, and now four years in the program has placed over 60 fellows with 50 partnering institutions.”

Supervisors of ACLS Public Fellows frequently note how quickly the fellows become indispensable to their organizations. While some fellows have taken up permanent positions with their host institutions at the end of their fellowship terms, others have since translated their fellowship experience into positions at related organizations, including think tanks, research libraries, cultural centers, and nonprofit associations.

Jane Greenway Carr
PhD, English and American Literature, New York University
Contributing Editor, New America Foundation

Anh Thang Dao-Shah
PhD, American Studies, University of Southern California
Program Manager, Policy and Evaluation, San Francisco Arts Commission

Emily Dufton
PhD, American Studies, George Washington University
Engagement Analyst, Center for Public Integrity

Craig Eley
PhD, American Studies, University of Iowa
Digital Producer, Wisconsin Public Radio, To the Best of Our Knowledge

Timothy Philip Fadgen
PhD, Political Studies, University of Auckland
Program Manager, Social Enterprise Projects, American Refugee Committee

Cecily R. Garber
PhD, English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Communications Officer, Council of Independent Colleges

Caroline Harper
PhD, Political Science, Howard University
Policy Analyst, United Negro College Fund

Samira K. Mehta
PhD, Religion, Emory University
Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Museum of Jewish Heritage

Bradley Matthys Moore
PhD, History and the History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research and Partnerships Manager, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Kevin M. Moseby
PhD, Sociology, University of California, San Diego
Policy Analyst, Children and Youth Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services

Jennifer Lee Moses
PhD, American History, University of Delaware
Program Developer, National Constitution Center

Rikk Mulligan
PhD, American Studies, Michigan State University
Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries

Ciara Elene Murphy
PhD, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Strategy and Planning Manager, The Public Theater

Jessica H. Neptune
PhD, History, University of Chicago
Policy Analyst, Economic Support for Families, US Department of Health and Human Services

Fari Nzinga
PhD, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Public Policy Officer, New Orleans Museum of Art 

Rob Schoenbeck
PhD, English, University of California, Irvine
Partnerships Evaluation Manager, Kiva

Glenda Elizabeth Sherouse
PhD, History, University of South Carolina
Senior Content Manager, Human Rights Campaign

Joan Fragaszy Troyano
PhD, American Studies, George Washington University
Public Outreach Manager, Smithsonian Institution, Grand Challenges Consortia

Michael G. Ursell
PhD, Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Program Manager, Zocalo Public Square

Rebecca Wall
PhD, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Program Officer, Smithsonian Institution, Office of International Relations

Learn more about the 2014 ACLS Public Fellows here. More information about the program, including a list of fellows and host organizations from the program's first three cohorts, is available here. ACLS will accept applications from organizations wishing to host a 2015 Public Fellow starting in August 2014; eligible PhDs may apply beginning January 2015 for placements beginning in the summer or fall of the same year.

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