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Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowships

A joint initiative between the Humanities Center and the Central New York Humanities Corridor, these fellowships are supported in partnership with Humanities New York (formerly known as the New York Council for the Humanities) to: encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere; develop skills for doing public work; and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long fellowship involves training in public scholarship methods and work by the fellows to explore the public dimensions of their scholarship in partnership with a community organization.

Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as graduate students in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at: CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, the University of Rochester, SUNY Binghamton, or Syracuse University. The call for applications typically opens in late fall. When the competition opens, the application URL and Syracuse University information sheet can be found on our forms page.


Jesse Quinn Ph.D. candidate in Geography, specializing in political geography and political ecology.

    Public humanities project title: Precious Earth: Stories of Mining and Political Change in the Adirondack Mountains

    Project abstract: Quinn's research investigates large industrial mining projects the adirondacks. He spent five years producing wildlife documentaries for National Geographic Television before returning to graduate school, and he plans to continue using these skills in this public humanities documentary

    Kishauna E.Soljour

    Kishauna E. Soljour Ph.D. candidate in History, specializing in the modern African Diaspora and transnational history.

      Public humanities project title: The Road to Independence: Somali-Bantu Refugee immigration to Syracuse

      Project abstract: Soljour's research interests include the use of multi-media in social justice efforts, public policy, immigration, racial identity, gender and citizenship. Her public humanities project will develop 3 short films exploring refugee experiences in the local area.


      Paul Arras Ph.D. Candidate.

      Paul Arras is a Ph.D. candidate in American cultural history at Syracuse University. He researches community fragmentation in late 20thcentury America – the decline of civic participation, the culture wars, and other problems and barriers impeding social interaction. His dissertation, The Lonely Nineties: Visions of Community on Television from the End of the Cold War to 9/11, examines how television grappled with fragmentation, reimagining traditional community structures and values to produce new visions of social interaction. During the Fellowship, Paul will be working with the Near Westside Initiative in Syracuse to develop a public history project for the neighborhood.

      Scarlett Rebman Ph.D. student.

      Scarlett Rebman is a Ph.D. student in the history department at Syracuse University where she is specializing in modern American social and political history. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and education from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her research interests include the history of social movements; federal anti-poverty and civil rights policies; and the construction of race, gender, and citizenship. Her dissertation explores the intersection of grassroots activism and federal policies in Syracuse, New York between 1935 and 1970. With the Public Humanities Fellowship, she plans to design a curriculum on Syracuse civil rights history for high school students.
      Thomas Guller

      Thomas  Guller Ph.D. Candidate, Maxwell.

        Thomas A. Guiler is a Ph.D. candidate in American social and cultural history in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. In particular, he studies intentional communities and communal groups, with special emphasis on the intersections among their ideals, economic production and culture. His dissertation will examine communities in the Arts and Crafts movement—Byrdcliffe, Roycroft, Craftsman Farms and Rose Valley—as unique transitional communities that marketed community, the simple life, handcraftsmanship, art and architecture as powerful forms of “progressive purchasing” to transform the harsh inequalities of modern industrial capitalism. Guiler plans to install a renewed public history program at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, N.Y.

        Jason Luther Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Composition and Rhetoric.

        Jason Luther is completing a dissertation in cultural composition and rhetoric in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a former writing center director and longtime self-publisher, Luther is interested in what multimodal, self-sponsored composing spaces can teach about identities, counter/publics, processes and pedagogies. He's currently working toward a dissertation that surveys the process and performances of 21st-century zine authors. Luther blogs at With the Public Humanities Fellowship, he will work toward the creation of a city-wide self-publishing festival in Syracuse.