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Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

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Now in its sixth year, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector for two-year appointments. These appointments provide career development opportunities in administration, management, and public service and vary from year to year depending on participating agencies. The Public Fellows program demonstrates that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes this program possible. Read more about the Public Fellows program.

Position descriptions:

Please note: affiliations shown are as of time of award. Please click on fellows’names for current information.

John Carl Baker
John Carl Baker

PhD, Cultural Studies, George Mason University
Appointed as Political Engagement Strategist, Ploughshares Fund
see position description

India Mandelkern
India Mandelkern

PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley
Appointed as Executive Communications Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
see position description

Johanna Best
Johanna Best

PhD, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College
Appointed as Program Manager for Scholarly and Public Engagement, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI), Smithsonian Institution
see position description

Jessica Mason
Jessica Mason

PhD, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Appointed as Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst, National Partnership for Women & Families
see position description

Erin D. Boon
Erin D. Boon

PhD, Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Appointed as Research Analyst, The Texas Tribune
see position description

Eric Garcia McKinley
Eric Garcia McKinley

PhD, History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Appointed as Senior Research Analyst, Engagement and Inclusion, American Public Media Group
see position description

Emily Button Kambic
Emily Button Kambic

PhD, Anthropology, Brown University
Appointed as Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator, Cultural Resource Division, Office of Resource Stewardship and Science, National Capital Region, National Park Service
see position description

Cassie Patricia Miller
Cassie Patricia Miller

PhD, History, Carnegie Mellon University
Appointed as Research and Investigations Specialist, Southern Poverty Law Center
see position description

Kristen M Fallica
Kristen M Fallica

PhD, Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Appointed as Digital Programming Strategist, Chicago Humanities Festival
see position description

Olive Melissa Minor
Olive Melissa Minor

PhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University
Appointed as Research and Evaluation Officer, International Rescue Committee
see position description

Carly Goodman
Carly Goodman

PhD, History, Temple University
Appointed as Communications Analyst, American Friends Service Committee
see position description

Veera Eliisa Mitzner
Veera Eliisa Mitzner

PhD, History and Civilization, European University Institute
Appointed as Global Philanthropy Specialist, Rare
see position description

Nandi Dill Jordan
Nandi Dill Jordan

PhD, Sociology, New York University
Appointed as Digital Content Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
see position description

Samantha Jo Peterson
Samantha Jo Peterson

PhD, French Language and Literature, Boston University
Appointed as Business Development Associate, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Enterprises
see position description

Rebecca Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan

PhD, History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Appointed as Education Specialist, Pulitzer Center
see position description

Rebecca S. Robinson
Rebecca S. Robinson

PhD, Justice Studies, Arizona State University
Appointed as Senior Performance Auditor, City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office
see position description

Emily Ann Lederman
Emily Ann Lederman

PhD, English, University of Texas, Austin
Appointed as Community Engagement & Policy Advocate, Grant St. Settlement
see position description

Adam Steinberg
Adam Steinberg

PhD, Geography, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Appointed as Policy Analyst, Reinvestment Fund
see position description

Leah Lowthorp
Leah Lowthorp

PhD, Anthropology and Folklore, University of Pennsylvania
Appointed as Program Manager, Center for Genetics and Society
see position description

Rachel Sinsheimer Vandagriff
Rachel Sinsheimer Vandagriff

PhD, Music, University of California, Berkeley
Appointed as Membership Engagement Manager, Center for Investigative Reporting
see position description