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Beyond the Academy

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The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the US by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The program places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two-year appointments.  

This series highlights the diverse work of our Public Fellows in building new pathways for humanities scholarship. 

 

 

Catching up with Nandi Dill Jordan F'16, Digital Content Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5/03/2017

Nandi Dill Jordan is finishing her first year as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and digital content specialist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Jordan, who has a PhD in sociology from New York University, reflects on the greatest challenges of pursuing a career path outside of academia, as well as her most rewarding experiences thus far at LACMA. Read more.

 
 

Catching up with Jane Greenway Carr F'14, Opinion Editor, CNN Digital
11/10/2016

Jane Greenway Carr spent two years as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and contributing editor at the Washington, DC think tank New America. After her fellowship, Carr joined CNN Digital as an opinion editor. In an interview about her experience as a fellow, Carr tells ACLS how she came to see her doctoral training as an asset to a career in the news business. Read more.

 
 

What Can Yo Do With a PhD?
6/28/2016

On the occasion of ACLS naming our 100th Public Fellow, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has published a feature about the origins of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program and the talented humanities PhDs who have made this initiative so successful; see "What Can You Do With a PhD?"

 
 

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Convene to Share Experiences and Discuss Opportunities beyond the Academy
9/13/2016

ACLS convened its annual Public Fellows Seminar in Philadelphia on August 25-27. The event, the third meeting of its kind for the six-year-old program, focuses on forging a network of PhD-professionals at similar stages in their careers. Read more.

 
  
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Catching up with Elizabeth Frohlich F’12, Director for Programs and Resources, The Forum on Education Abroad
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3/1/2016

Elizabeth Frohlich spent her two years as a Public Fellow working as the Associate Director at the Forum on Education Abroad. Speaking with ACLS, Frohlich recounts her transition from a French Language and Literature PhD candidate with an interest in international education to her current role as the Director for Programs and Resources at the Forum. Read more.

 
 

Cable from Tokyo: A Public Fellow’s Work Supporting US Public Diplomacy
Erin Evans-Walker F'14
11/20/2015

Originally placed on US Department of State’s Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in DC, ACLS Public Fellow Erin Evans-Walker made the move to the Public Affairs Section at the United States Embassy in Tokyo in June 2015. She sent ACLS a brief report on her work representing the Embassy and fostering educational and cultural exchange between the US and Japan. Read more.

 
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Public History Shapes Police Preparation in Philadelphia
Jennifer Lee Moses F'14
10/20/2015

When ACLS Public Fellow Jen Moses started her placement with the National Constitution Center as program developer, she didn’t expect her portfolio to include training police officer recruits. Moses tells ACLS about the center’s innovative partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department to promote greater understanding of citizen rights. Read more.

 
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Catching up with Korey Jackson F'12, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University
6/30/2015

Jackson, a 2012 ACLS Public Fellow, was placed as an analyst at Anvil Academic Publishing for 2012-14. Here he describes how his new role promoting collaboration between an academic library and a university press "engages the same problem-solving dopamine receptors" that led him to pursue a humanities PhD. Read more.

 
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ACLS Public Fellows Seminar Brings Diverse Career Paths into Focus
9/24/2014

ACLS convened its second annual Public Fellows Seminar in Philadelphia, PA on September 18-20, 2014. The seminar, which each year brings together the new cohort of ACLS Public Fellows, focuses on facilitating the fellows’ transition from academia to a non-academic career path and helps forge a network of professionals at similar stages in their careers. Read more.