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Desiree Barron-Callaci is a Senior Program Officer in U.S. Programs. She helps to maintain and enhance aspects of the Council’s rigorous peer-review processes and contributes to various projects in ACLS’s evolving portfolio of fellowship and grant programs, contributing to program design, management, and evaluation, with a particular emphasis on programs that promote innovation in doctoral education and publicly engaged scholarship.

Desiree received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. Before joining the ACLS in July 2019, Desiree worked as a birth and postpartum doula in Western Massachusetts. She continues to practice on a pro bono basis and as the aunt of a dozen preternaturally brilliant and extremely adorable nieces and nephews.