Among the many gifts the Andrew W. Mellon Humanities for the Public Good has brought to Iowa, the opportunity to work with brilliant postdoctoral fellows tops the list. Not surprisingly, other organizations have been quick to see their talents, too. With both sadness and delight, we congratulate Laura Perry on her new position as Assistant Director for Research and Public Engagement at the Washington University (St. Louis) Humanities Center. Laura has been an organizational and intellectual whiz—acting as project manager, leading HPG working groups, and bringing her talents as a podcaster extraordinaire to our campus. We can’t thank her enough for her many contributions to the grant and to the humanities community here, and we wish her continued success in her new position.
To learn more about the job search for humanities PhDs interested in the public sector, tune into this recent interview where HPG graduate assistant Luke Borland and I talked with Laura and our other amazing former postdoc, Ashley Cheyemi McNeil. Ashley is now Director of Education and Research at Full Spectrum Features, a nonprofit dedicated to producing and distributing works by underrepresented filmmakers. They’re an inspiration!
With all good wishes and warmest appreciation, Teresa Mangum, HPG PI