Delia Mellis is the Director of Program and Faculty Development for the Bard Prison Initiative and an alum of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in History. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Delia discusses her passion for teaching and learning. She speaks at length about the Bard Prison Initiative, a program that extends teaching into six correctional facilities in New York State. She also talks about finding the motivation to finish her graduate degree.
Jonathan Hill is an Excelsior Fellow in the policy and planning department at the New York State department of transportation. Jonathan earned his PhD in history at the Graduate Center in 2018. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jon tells us about the joys of using research skills to make an impact on civic infrastructure; the surprising benefits of asking quote-unquote stupid questions; and how to negotiate the changing terms of your professional identity when you carry your PhD to work outside the ivory tower.
Chris Meatto is an alumnus of the Graduate Center's MALS program. His concentration was digital humanities with a focus in history. He teaches history and global studies at Greens Farms Academy, an independent school in Connecticut. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Chris sheds light on the hiring process of independent schools and explains what he enjoys most about developing curriculum, working with teenagers, and collaborating with fellow teachers.
Jeff Diamant is Senior Writer and Editor at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in History from the Graduate Center in 2016. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jeff talks with us about the academic and journalistic environment at Pew, and the most helpful skills he learned while at the Graduate Center.
Vanessa Burrows is a historian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She is a graduate of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in History. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Vanessa discusses her job search process, the skills she uses in her work, and the rewards of being a civil servant. Vanessa found her experience conducting research with federal records in the National Archives and the Library of Congress to be a critical qualification for her current position, and that work afforded skills and familiarity with records that she now calls on frequently in her daily work.