Stephen Kidd is the executive director of the National Humanities Alliance. 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 deputy director of the National Humanities Alliance. Prior to joining NHA, Gurwitz served as a consultant at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of State. She has also taught at the University of Maryland and in the New York City public school system. She is the author of Argentine Jews in the Age of Revolt (Brill, 2016). Her writing has also appeared in Journal of Jewish Identities, Immigrants and Minorities, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.
Research Fellow, Community Initiatives
As a Research Fellow on the Community Initiatives team, Mariel Aquino is responsible for qualitative research in support of the NEH for All and Community Case Studies initiatives. Before the NHA, she served as a consultant for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and as project manager for the History & Relevancy collaboration between California State Parks and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from UC Santa Barbara and a B.A. in History from Yale University.
Ayesha Casie Chetty
Community Research Manager
Ayesha Casie Chetty is the Community Research Manager at the National Humanities Alliance, supporting the NEH for All and Community Case Studies initiatives. Prior to joining NHA, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati, and an LLM and LLB in law from the University of Kent and the University of London respectively.
Daniel Fisher focuses on initiatives relating to publicly engaged scholarship in higher education and publishing. He is an assistant professor at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and served as project director for Humanities for All from 2017-2020. He holds a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where, as a graduate student, he taught and co-curated a publicly-engaged research-driven exhibition.
As Project Assistant, Christine Grodek primarily focuses on event preparation for the NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day 2023. Prior to joining NHA, Christine managed programs and events for various nonprofits including the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art. She holds an M.A. in Art History from George Washington University and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University.
Cecily Erin Hill
Director of Community Initiatives
As Director of Community Initiatives, Cecily Hill leads the NEH for All and Community Case Studies initiatives, projects that document and communicate the impact of the humanities on public life in the United States. Prior to joining NHA, Cecily served as Marketing and Communications Director for [email protected], a public humanities nonprofit based in Cleveland, OH. Her writing has appeared in Studies in English Literature, 1500 - 1900 and Women's Writing. She holds a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in English from the Ohio State University.
Communications and Government Relations Manager
As communications and government relations manager at the National Humanities Alliance, Alexandra Klein coordinates press outreach and engagement, manages NHA's web presence, and collaborates on government relations efforts. Before joining NHA, she was an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow at Arena Stage where she worked in the communications department, splitting her time between Media Relations and Marketing. Prior to Arena Stage, Alex attended the George Washington University where she received a B.A. in both Journalism and English.
Project Director, Humanities for All
Michelle May-Curry leads Humanities for All, an initiative that showcases publicly engaged humanities work at colleges and universities across the United States, including a wide range of humanities projects that collaborate with diverse publics as audiences and as partners. Prior to joining NHA, she was a visiting dissertation fellow at Harvard University as well as a Carr Center Independent Scholar. Her scholarly and curatorial work has appeared in two art exhibitions in Detroit and Havana, Cuba. She received her Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. from Williams College.
Director of Undergraduate Initiatives
As Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, Scott Muir leads NHA’s efforts to forward innovation in undergraduate humanities education and attract a broader range of students to the humanities. He is the host of the podcast What Are You Going to Do with That? and author of Protestant Privilege and Pluralism on Campus (Peter Lang, in press), as well as multiple articles exploring the religious dimensions of camping music festivals published in Sacred Matters Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, an M.T.S. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and has taught at Duke, Emory, and Western Carolina University.
Higher Education Research Manager
Younger Oliver is the Higher Education Research Manager at NHA. Prior to joining NHA, she worked as an Academic Advisor for the University of Alaska Anchorage. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an M.A. in Higher Education, Institutional Research from the University of Michigan.
Operations and Events Manager
Kassandra Wahlstrom manages NHA's daily operations including membership onboarding, renewals, and billing as well as event logistics and registration. Before joining NHA, she worked in specialty coffee, both as a roaster and as a wholesale accounts manager, while volunteering at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
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John Hammer, Executive Director Emeritus