The ASA congratulates its members on receiving Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowships! Listed below are the ASA members who consitute part of the cohort.

Ashley E. Bowen
PhD in American Studies, Brown University     
Digital Engagement Manager, Science History Institute

Huibin A. Chew
PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California         
Associate, Equitable Economy Research, PolicyLink

Maria Faini
PhD in Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Narrative Impact Analyst, Race Forward

Jasmine Salters
PhD in Communication, University of Pennsylvania      
Content Strategist, Innocence Project

Elias Walker Vitulli
PhD in American Studies, University of Minnesota
Strategic Research Associate, Center for Popular Democracy

The full press release appears below.


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the eighth annual cohort of Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows. This year’s 24 fellows will take up two-year, full-time positions with top nonprofit organizations and government agencies working in the fields of policy, civil rights, arts and culture, and the media. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"ACLS launched the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program in 2010 to highlight the dynamic potential of doctoral education in the humanities,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “The demanding portfolios our fellows take on—in fields as diverse as climate policy, cultural preservation, and media literacy—are a testament to the value of the analytical and expressive capacities humanities PhDs develop in the course of earning their degrees.”

The 2018 Public Fellows, who represent 16 fields of study in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, were selected from a record number of applications on the basis of their academic and non-academic accomplishments, as well as their demonstrated commitment to their chosen career fields. All applications are read by peer reviewers whose expertise covers a range of humanistic disciplines as well as a broad spectrum of career experience beyond the professoriate. Finalists selected through this process are then interviewed by senior staff at the program’s partnering host organizations.

The fellowship provides PhDs in the humanities or humanistic social sciences with career-building experience and offers an annual stipend of $67,500, health insurance, and additional funding for professional development. Fellows receive professional mentoring from their host organizations as well as peer mentoring through the Public Fellows alumni council.

Additional information about the Public Fellows program and the fellows’ positions is available on ACLS’s website.

Posted for ASA Office in Member News
Post date: June 10, 2018