NHA Staff

Daniel Fisher

Project Director, Humanities for All
202-296-4994 ext. 151 | dfisher@nhalliance.org

Daniel Fisher leads Humanities for All, an initiative to promote publicly engaged humanities work in U.S. higher education. Prior to joining NHA, he held fellowships at the École Biblique and the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. 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.

Beatrice Gurwitz

Deputy Director
202-296-4994 ext. 150 | bgurwitz@nhalliance.org

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.

Cecily Erin Hill

Project Director, NEH for All
202-296-4994 ext. 101 | chill@nhalliance.org

Cecily Erin Hill leads NEH for All, an initiative that documents the impact of NEH funding and builds the capacity of humanities organizations to communicate that impact. Prior to joining NHA, Cecily served as Marketing and Communications Director for Books@Work, 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.

Stephen Kidd

Executive Director
202-296-4994 ext. 149 | skidd@nhalliance.org

Stephen Kidd is 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.

Alexandra Klein

Communications Manager
202-296-4994 ext. 116 | aklein@nhalliance.org

As communications 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, Klein attended the George Washington University where she received a B.A. in both Journalism and English.

Emily McDonald

Social Science Research Fellow
202-296-4994 ext. 186 | emcdonald@nhalliance.org

Emily McDonald manages survey design and implementation for NEH for All, an initiative that documents the impact of NEH funding and builds the capacity of humanities organizations to communicate that impact. Prior to joining NHA, she worked on the DC Community Conversations Project at The George Washington University, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. She has taught at George Mason University and Montgomery College. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Sociology at George Mason University and holds a B.A. and M.S. in Applied Sociology from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Scott Muir

Project Director, Study the Humanities
202-296-4994 ext. 109 | smuir@nhalliance.org

Scott Muir leads Study the Humanities, an initiative that provides humanities faculty, administrators, and advocates with evidence-based resources and strategies to make the case for studying the humanities as an undergraduate. Prior to joining NHA, Scott pursued training at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences, earning a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, a M.T.S. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He has taught at Duke, Emory, and Western Carolina University, and his work has appeared in Sacred Matters Magazine and the Journal of Religion and Society.

Younger Oliver

Research Associate
202-296-4994 ext. 161 | yoliver@nhalliance.org

Younger Oliver is a Research Associate for Study the Humanities and Humanities for All. 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.

Kassandra Wahlstrom

Membership and Events Coordinator
202-296-4994 ext. 160 | kwahlstrom@nhalliance.org

Kassandra Wahlstrom manages event logistics and registration, membership onboarding and renewals, and our membership database. Before joining NHA, she worked in specialty coffee, both as a roaster and as 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.

Mailing Address

National Humanities Alliance
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036

Tel: (202) 296-4994
Fax: (202) 872-0884
Website: www.nhalliance.org



John Hammer, Executive Director Emeritus