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Public Humanities Fellows

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by the the New York Council for the Humanities in partnership with the University at Buffalo and six other humanities centers to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State.

The year-long fellowship includes training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and work by the Fellows to explore the public dimensions of their own scholarship in partnership with community organizations serving public audiences.

Information for interested candidates for the 2017-2018 Public Humanities Fellowship program will be posted soon.

2016-2017 Fellows

John Marsland

Department of History

“Life on a Nickel’s Edge: Struggle and Dignity in Buffalo’s Poor Communities”

John Marsland Public Humanities FellowJohn Marsland is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo. His field of specialization is modern British history, and his dissertation is on late-20th century English working-class radical direct action, including squatting, claiming welfare benefits, providing refuges for battered wives, and defending black and Asian communities against racist attacks. His scholarly pursuits grew out of and are influenced by volunteer experiences with the homeless, food justice, prison abolition, and at-risk youth. John is a native of Minot, ND, but earned an A.A. (2007) and B.A. (2012) in Colorado Springs, CO before moving to Buffalo in 2012.

With his fellowship John will partner with Buffalo-based non-profit organizations that advocate for poor and homeless Western New Yorkers to create a travelling exhibit to raise awareness about the poverty situation in WNY and encourage community engagement to help alleviate the immediate hardships of poverty and work toward solving the underlying causes.

Laticia McNaughton

Department of Transnational Studies, American Studies Program

“Tewakhón:nis Skátne! (We Cook Together!): Indigenous Food and Language Restoration”

Laticia McNaughton Public Humanities FellowLaticia McNaughton (Six Nations Mohawk) is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies/Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo. She holds an M.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma and B.A. in English from Buffalo State College. Her research interests include Indigenous Food Studies, language revitalization, Indigenous women’s issues, and embodied sovereignty. McNaughton’s dissertation research examines Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) foods, food sovereignty practices, and the revitalization of traditional diet. She maintains a blog website, “Indigenous Food Revolutionary” promoting indigenous wellness, cooking, and foods.

Her project will consist of an ethnographic cookbook featuring community recipes, artwork, stories, language, history, and videos.

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