Stephen Kidd is executive director of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Before joining NHA, he was director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian Institution's "Museum without Walls." As director, he oversaw the development of major, research-based exhibitions including, among others, Crisis and Creativity: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt (2012), Colombia: the Nature of Culture (2011), and Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties (2010). Prior to his work at the Smithsonian, he served on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University.
Beatrice Gurwitz is assistant director of the National Humanities Alliance. Prior to joining NHA, Gurwitz served as a research consultant at the National Endowment for the Humanities where she produced a report on the intersection of science and the humanities in public programs and as a consultant in program evaluation at the U.S. Department of State. She has taught at the University of Maryland, and before attending graduate school, she taught middle school math, history, and global studies in New York City. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert Bowen is a project assistant at the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Before joining NHA, he served on the legislative staff of Senator Carl Levin, working on issues related to transportation, labor, trade, government oversight and political reform. Prior to his work for Senator Levin, Bowen worked in the Office of the Provost at the University of Michigan, where he received his B.A. in history.
Matthew Van Hoose is project director and Whiting Fellow for the Humanities. Before joining the NHA Foundation, Van Hoose served as the Coordinator of Grants and Sponsored Programs at Central Carolina Community College, where he engaged in direct donor and government relations and managed a grant portfolio of $6.6 million. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director of the Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a Title VI National Resource Center, for nearly four years. Before attending graduate school, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Uruguay and later worked in the organization of cultural programming at the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay. Van Hoose’s research on the social dimensions of popular music draws upon his background as a saxophonist; he appears most recently on the Uruguayan Mauro Oza’s album, Opus Uno, released in 2013 by the Mexican label Pfive Entertainment. He holds a B.A. in History and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and masters’ degrees in Latin American History and Socio-cultural Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington.
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John Hammer, Executive Director Emeritus