ACLS Names 22 Public Fellows in 2015


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the selection of the fifth cohort of ACLS Public Fellows. This year’s 22 fellows, each a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences, will take up two-year, full-time staff positions at a range of nonprofit and government organizations across the United States and, for the first time, in Europe. The ACLS Public Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

“Since the program’s inception in 2011, ACLS Public Fellows have demonstrated time and again that the expressive and analytical capacities honed in the course of completing a humanities PhD have serious practical value,” said John Paul Christy, director of Public Programs at ACLS. “With over 70 nonprofit and government program partners to date, this career-building fellowship is mapping new pathways for humanistic knowledge and expertise to circulate into many sectors beyond the academy.” 

The Public Fellows program is designed to provide the means for fellows to gain significant experience in their chosen fields. Each Public Fellows award comes with an annual stipend of $65,000, health insurance for the fellow, and funding designated for professional development activities. Fellows also receive professional mentoring from their host organizations and opportunities to network with current and past Public Fellows.

This year’s fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants for their academic and extra-academic accomplishments as well as their demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the nonprofit or public sector.

The 2015 ACLS Public Fellows and their fellowship placements are:

Amelia J. Dietrich
PhD, Spanish, Pennsylvania State University
Assistant Director, Digital Resources, Forum on Education Abroad

Edith Doron
PhD, Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen
Senior Program Manager, Nexus Projects, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Victoria R. Farmer
PhD, English, Florida State University
Senior Manager, Audience Development, Public Radio International

Rachel Feinmark
PhD, History, University of Chicago
Development Communications Manager, Tenement Museum

Megan French-Marcelin
PhD, US History, Columbia University
Policy Research Manager, American Civil Liberties Union

Nilofar Gardezi
PhD, English, University of California, Berkeley
Program Impact Analyst, Independent Media, Bay Area Video Coalition

Franz D. Hofer
PhD, History, Cornell University
Outreach Specialist, Vienna Museum

Nicole Ivy
PhD, African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University
Museum Futurist, American Alliance of Museums

Catherine Lena Kelly
PhD, Government, Harvard University
Program Analyst, Monitoring & Evaluation, American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative

Abigail J. Langston
PhD, Literature, Duke University
Policy Analyst, Equitable Economic Growth, PolicyLink

Susannah T. Laramee Kidd
PhD, Religion, Emory University
Research Analyst, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Liz Maynes-Aminzade
PhD, English, Harvard University
Digital Strategist, Public Books

Patrick O’Shea
PhD, Latin American Cultural Studies, University of Manchester
Content and Research Manager, National Immigration Law Center

Keerthi C. Potluri
PhD, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Strategic Outreach Manager, Central Park Conservancy

Nathaniel K. Powell
PhD, History, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Development Manager, World Monuments Fund

Nathaniel J. Prottas
PhD, Art History, University of Pennsylvania
Education Specialist, Vienna Museum

Cara Shousterman
PhD, Linguistics, New York University
Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Harmony Institute

Michael G. Tiboris
PhD, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
Fellow, Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Alyssa L. Trometter
PhD, Historical Studies, University of Melbourne
Partnerships Manager, CGI University

Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn
PhD, Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University
Conservation Program Analyst, National Audubon Society

Jennifer A. Vogt
PhD, Anthropology, Vanderbilt University
Innovation Manager, Ashoka

Zoe L. Ziliak Michel
PhD, Linguistics, University of Florida
Policy Analyst, Job Quality, Center for Law and Social Policy

More information about the program, including a list of fellows and host organizations from the program's first four cohorts, is available here. ACLS will accept applications from organizations wishing to host a 2015 Public Fellow starting in August 2015; interested PhDs will apply beginning January 2016 for placements beginning in the summer or fall of the same year.

Media inquiries: John Paul Christy, (212) 697-1505.