Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

Now in its tenth 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.

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Frances Abbott
Frances Abbott
PhD, American Studies, Emory University
Appointed as Project Manager, Digital Public Library of America
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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an ambitious project to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. By adhering to the fundamental principle of free and universal access to knowledge, it will promote education in the broadest sense of the term. That is, it will function as an online library for students of all ages, from grades K-12 to postdoctoral researchers and anyone seeking self-instruction; it will be a deep resource for community colleges, vocational schools, colleges and universities; it will supplement the services of public libraries in every corner of the country; and it will satisfy other needs as well—the need for data related to employment, for practical information of all kinds, and for enrichment in the use of leisure. The Project Manager position provides an opportunity to play an important role in the development of our national digital library by working with DPLA staff and collaborators throughout the country. The Project Manager will work with DPLA's Hubs Project to strengthen and connect existing state infrastructure to create a system of Service Hubs from which aggregated data from libraries, museums, historical societies and archives are harvested.
Umi Hsu
Umi Hsu
PhD, Ethnomusicology, University of Virginia
Appointed as Arts Manager, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
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The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 26 million annual visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grant making, marketing, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. The Arts Manager position will offer an intradisciplinary arts management experience as well as a longerterm and focused engagement with substantive DCA projects.
Anna J. Armentrout
Anna J. Armentrout
PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley
Appointed as Associate Director for Special Projects, International Student Exchange Programs
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The International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) (www.isep.org) is a nonprofit membership organization of over 340 colleges and universities in the US and 50 other countries. ISEP promotes academic and cross-cultural learning through its worldwide network; facilitates academic mobility through innovative and affordable programs to achieve authentic global learning; enhances institutional infrastructures; and fosters campus internationalization. The Associate Director for Special Projects will assist ISEP in furthering these efforts by coordinating initiatives to strengthen the organization’s programs and services. The Associate Director will undertake two projects that focus on academic underpinnings of an ISEP study abroad experience for US students and on faculty internationalization through ISEP. Both projects entail collaborative work with ISEP member institutions in the US and abroad.
Jane Joann Jones
Jane Joann Jones
PhD, Sociology, New York University
Appointed as Program Analyst, BronxWorks
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BronxWorks (www.bronxworks.org) is a Bronx-based nonprofit settlement house whose mission is to improve the economic and social well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities. From toddlers to seniors, it shelters, feeds, teaches, and supports its neighbors to build a stronger community. Major programs include children and youth programs; services for senior citizens; immigration, employment, and benefits assistance; feeding programs; eviction prevention; and services for homeless individuals and families. Since its founding in 1972, BronxWorks has grown to operate 28 offices throughout the borough with programs currently serving 35,000 people. The Program Analyst will collect and analyze data on homeless individuals and families living in the South Bronx. Research will focus on the effectiveness of past and present methods used by care providers to move the homeless population from the streets to housing. The Program Analyst will develop and implement formal evaluation systems and conduct personal interviews with current and formerly homeless individuals. Ultimately, the fellow will create and publish a manual of research findings and recommendation for practices.
Christopher A. Barthel
Christopher A. Barthel
PhD, History, Brown University
Appointed as Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programming, Center for Jewish History
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The Center for Jewish History (www.cjh.org) is a cultural institution, independent research facility and destination for the exploration of history and heritage that stands as a model of how libraries and learning institutions can best serve 21st-century publics. As an important venue for public programming, exhibitions, family history research and scholarship, the Center serves a diverse onsite community and a global online audience. The Center for Jewish History’s Division of Academic & Public Programming produces exhibitions and programs that embody the principle that rather than being divided into two distinct realms, “academic” and “public,” programming should be integrated for the mutual fulfillment and enrichment of each. The division also administers the Center’s Fellowship Program. The Senior Manager for Academic & Public Programs will work with the Director of Academic & Public Programming and alongside colleagues in fundraising, communications and collections management, as well as various staff members at each of the Center’s five partner organizations.
Emily Kane
Emily Kane
PhD, English, University of Georgia
Appointed as Program Officer, Center for Global Education, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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The Center for Global Education provides students with academically challenging study abroad experiences that foster an in-depth understanding of another culture, with the aim of encouraging them to embrace the concept of global citizenship. Through the Center’s rigorous study abroad programs and innovative on campus predeparture and reentry programming, the Center for Global Education seeks to provide students with a transformative learning experience that inspires them to live lives of consequence. Under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Global Education and working alongside staff and faculty committed to comprehensive global education, the Program Officer will manage a portfolio of off-campus study programs offered by the Center; and participate in curriculum development and integration initiatives with individual faculty and academic departments and programs.
Carolyn Eisert
Carolyn Eisert
PhD, History, Princeton University
Appointed as Policy Analyst, Amnesty International
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Amnesty International is a global human rights movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries. Staff at the International Secretariat conduct research, develop policy and engage in legal analysis, standard setting projects and campaigning on the full range of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. We believe that human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. Amnesty International’s vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. The policy analyst will contribute to research and advocacy projects in Amnesty’s Freedom of Expression pathway, with particular focus on women’s health and reproductive rights, especially the human rights impact of punitive policies regulating sexuality and reproduction. The analyst will support and build upon existing human rights initiatives (particularly through advocacy and other strategic initiatives) and aid civil society partners who have engaged in such advocacy for decades.
Margaret H. Kunde
Margaret H. Kunde
PhD, Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Appointed as Program Evaluator, North Carolina General Assembly
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The Program Evaluation Division of the North Carolina General Assembly (www.ncleg.net/PED/) is a non-partisan legislative staff unit charged with evaluating whether public services are delivered in an effective and efficient manner and in accordance with the law. Since its inception in 2007, this small, dynamic office has issued over 30 reports evaluating programs, policies, and processes related to diverse issues in state government. The Program Evaluator will have primary responsibilities on multiple evaluation teams, participating in all project phases including planning and design, data collection and analysis, and reporting. In this role, the fellow will develop expertise in legislative program evaluation and build to designing and leading a project.
Erin Evans-Walker
Erin Evans-Walker
PhD, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Appointed to Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, US Department of State
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The US Department of State is the federal executive department with responsibility for the nation’s international relations. It was the first cabinet department created when Congress first met in 1789. ACLS has arranged to place Public Fellows at the State Department or the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Department of State’s Franklin Fellows Program, an innovative executive development vehicle that brings knowledge from outside the Department to bear on global issues of vital importance to the United States such as the environment, counterterrorism, human rights, HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases, trade and financial policy. The Public Fellows will be integrated into the substantive work of the bureau where they are placed. Fellows may work with other government entities, such as Congress, the White House, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties.
James Manos
James Manos
PhD, Philosophy, DePaul University
Appointed as Planning Associate, Vera Institute of Justice
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The Vera Institute of Justice (www.vera.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve people and government by improving the systems and services people rely on for justice and safety. Vera works in close partnership with government and other stakeholders to build solutions to issues that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations both in the US and abroad. Its Department of Planning incubates new ideas for solving problems and launches demonstration projects that are tested in the field over a period of time. The department researches and develops new programming and methods of inquiry in areas that fall between or at the intersection of Vera’s existing centers and programs. The Planning Associate will work closely with the Planning Director and a team of Planning Associates and Analysts to support the creation, implementation, and study of innovative, affordable demonstration projects as direct-service solutions to address gaps in how justice is delivered.
Lisa D. Feldkamp
Lisa D. Feldkamp
PhD, Classics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Appointed as Senior Coordinator, Science Communications, The Nature Conservancy
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The Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org) is an independent nonprofit organization that seeks to protect the waters and lands upon which all life depends. The Science Communications team promotes the Conservancy’s science, from its research to its fieldwork to its debates. It also helps the Conservancy’s elite scientists develop the skills and products they need to become thought leaders – from media relations and social media, presentation training to op-ed and book writing. As part of the Science Communications team, the Senior Coordinator will be responsible for taking scientific ideas, research and debates, and finding how to bring them to key audiences in ways that provoke conversation and lead to positive action for nature and people. In this position, the fellow will be charged with the development, implementation and management of new audience initiatives for The Nature Conservancy’s science staff.
Jaime A. Shabalina
Jaime A. Shabalina
PhD, Geography, University of Washington
Appointed as Policy Advisor, CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)
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CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations, committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and achieve lasting victories over poverty. Founded in 1945 to provide relief to survivors of World War II, CARE quickly became a trusted vehicle for the compassion and generosity of millions. Today CARE places a special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. CARE currently works in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,105 poverty-fighting projects to reach 122 million people, more than half of whom are women. The Policy Advisor will support the Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance Team and the Policy and Advocacy Unit within CARE USA to generate, harvest, cross-fertilize and promote the application of knowledge and learning throughout CARE for advocacy on humanitarian emergency and disaster preparedness and response. The fellow will work with key stakeholders across CARE International (CI Secretariat, CI Members, Regional Management Units and Country Offices) to formulate and deliver clear policy positions as they relate to and support the implementation of CI's Humanitarian and Emergency Strategy and specifically, CARE's advocacy work around women, peace and security.
Jeanette Goddard
Jeanette Goddard
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Appointed as Program Manager, Chicago Humanities Festival
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The Chicago Humanities Festival is the largest organization of its kind in the country. Now in its 23rd year, it creates opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring international performance festival, Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year and on our web site (www.chicagohumanities.org) that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities. The Chicago Humanities Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment. As a member of the programming team, the Program Manager will have extensive responsibilities. This includes event curation, the devising of marketing strategies, event logistics, and audience relations – all of them involving extensive teamwork across CHF’s various departments.
Nino Testa
Nino Testa
PhD, English, Tufts University
Appointed as Development Associate, The Feminist Press
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The Feminist Press at the City University of New York is the longest-running feminist publisher in the world. As such, it has continued to grow and evolve in the current era as feminism and publishing both face new challenges. The Feminist Press has always been an activist press, closely linked to the women’s movement and women’s studies at its inception, committed to reprinting “lost” women’s voices, and works that had long been out of print. In recent years, it has added to its mission by publishing original works by current feminist authors from around the world, and is establishing itself as a voice of modern feminist thought. The Feminist Press is seeking a Development Associate who will work with the Executive Director and the Development Manager to build a widening group of readers and supporters, especially among new generations of feminists. At a time of exciting – and challenging – changes in the industry, this position also offers the opportunity for the fellow to participate in the creative and strategic thinking that will help the Feminist Press adapt to new digital publishing technologies, and will provide skills that can be used across a broad range of industries and career paths.
Lindsay N. Green-Barber
Lindsay N. Green-Barber
PhD, Political Science, City Univeristy of New York, Graduate Center
Appointed as Media Impact Analyst, Center for Investigative Reporting
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CIR is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization in the country, developing in-depth local, regional, national and international stories. It is also the only nonprofit journalism organization in the nation with the in-house ability to fully produce stories on multiple platforms including print/text, video, radio, interactive databases, graphic novels, animations and social media. This multi-disciplinary capability allows CIR to creatively distribute multiple aspects of each story’s narrative so that the broadest possible array of audience members can access, understand and act on the news. The Media Impact Analyst will join a team focused on creating a deeper understanding of the impact of multiplatform news media. Working closely with CIR's cross disciplinary team drawn from the technology, analytics, engagement, and development departments, the Analyst will have the opportunity to contribute to the launch of a new platform for designing, evaluating, and disseminating best practices for journalism and media organizations to impact their communities increasingly effective ways. The Analyst will help position CIR as a leader in the journalism field in the creation of systems and science for understanding the impact of media in the networked social age.
Rachel Marie Wimpee
Rachel Marie Wimpee
PhD, French and French Studies, New York University
Appointed as Program Officer, Rockefeller Archive Center
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The Rockefeller Archive Center (www.rockarch.org) is an independent foundation created in 1974 to house the records of the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, and Rockefeller Foundation. Over time, its archival collections have grown to include the records of many other foundations and nonprofit organizations. The mission of the center is to advance scholarly and practical understanding of the role of philanthropy and civil society. The Research and Education Department is responsible for hosting and organizing the center’s research and outreach programs. The department’s staff organizes the center’s workshops and conferences often in collaboration with donor institutions. As a member of the Research and Education Department, the Program Officer will work with center staff and staff of the organizations whose records are held in the archives to plan and organize scholarly conferences and workshops; participate in the development of education programs for local schools, universities, colleges, and nonprofit organizations; help to organize the center’s professional development programs; and participate in center-organized sessions at professional and scholarly associations.
Molly O'Hagan Hardy
Molly O'Hagan Hardy
PhD, English, University of Texas, Austin
Appointed as Digital Humanities Curator, American Antiquarian Society
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The American Antiquarian Society is an independent research library focused on early American history, literature, and culture. Our mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study one copy of every item printed in what is now the United States from European contact to 1876. Our collections also include strong holdings in materials from Canada and the Caribbean. Founded in 1812, the Society is located in Worcester, MA. The Society’s collections (all housed on-site) consist of over four million items, and include manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals, printed books and pamphlets, and graphic arts materials. The Digital Humanities Curator will work with other AAS curators and reference and cataloging staff to make more of our collections available and useful to digital humanities practitioners, and will work with scholars conducting digital humanities projects in accessing our collections.
Jennifer Solveig Wistrand
Jennifer Solveig Wistrand
PhD, Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
Appointed as Policy Advisor, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State
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The US Department of State is the federal executive department with responsibility for the nation’s international relations. It was the first cabinet department created when Congress first met in 1789. ACLS has arranged to place Public Fellows at the State Department or the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Department of State’s Franklin Fellows Program, an innovative executive development vehicle that brings knowledge from outside the Department to bear on global issues of vital importance to the United States such as the environment, counterterrorism, human rights, HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases, trade and financial policy. The Public Fellows will be integrated into the substantive work of the bureau where they are placed. Fellows may work with other government entities, such as Congress, the White House, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties.
Lauren Leigh Hinthorne
Lauren Leigh Hinthorne
PhD, Political Science, University of York, England
Appointed to Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State
see position description (abstract)
The US Department of State is the federal executive department with responsibility for the nation’s international relations. It was the first cabinet department created when Congress first met in 1789. ACLS has arranged to place Public Fellows at the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Department of State’s Franklin Fellows Program, an innovative executive development vehicle that brings knowledge from outside the Department to bear on global issues of vital importance to the United States such as the environment, counterterrorism, human rights, HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases, trade and financial policy. The Public Fellows will be integrated into the substantive work of the bureau where they are placed. Fellows may work with other government entities, such as Congress, the White House, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties.
Benjamin Young
Benjamin Young
PhD, French & Romance Philology, and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Appointed as Content Development Analyst, JSTOR
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JSTOR (www.jstor.org) helps the academic community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of more than 1,600 archival scholarly journals, 200 current journals, and 15,000 ebooks from leading university presses, scholarly societies, and academic publishers, as well as hundreds of thousands of primary source objects from libraries, museums, and archives. With the content digitized at high quality, deeply linked, and richly discoverable, scholars and students at over 11,000 institutions in more than 150 countries around the world now use JSTOR each day for research, teaching, and learning. The Content Development Analyst will take on significant responsibilities for a range of new content initiatives on the JSTOR platform. The analyst will help develop discipline-based digital collections that include traditional secondary literature, library and archival special collections, data, and other forms of non-traditional or born-digital content.