2018 Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral
"Alt-Ac" Workshop Callout

PreDoctoral Fellow will participate in a three-week summer workshop to learn from leaders in humanities fields, such as organizers of public humanities projects and experts in the various digital humanities. The workshop is facilitated and directed by the Chicago Humanities Festival and will be held in July in downtown Chicago.

The PreDoctoral “ Alt-Ac” Workshop organized by the Humanities without Walls Consortium aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy. Graduate students selected for this program will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of presses and societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and those in non-faculty positions in museums, colleges and universities. 

We invite applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree programs while also considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system. 


All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshops take place. Ideally, applicants will have completed some coursework towards the PhD, and they may have been advanced to candidacy but are not yet finishing their dissertations. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork. 

Application Requirements

  • A completed application cover sheet
  • A narrative of no more than 1,000 words explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:
    • Why do you want to attend the workshop?
    • What are the most important pieces of information you are seeking?
  • A 2-page cv; and,
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s fit for this workshop.

Purdue Application Procedures 2017-18

Letters of recommendation should be submitted to the  CLA Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education Office (cla-adr@purdue.edu) by November 1st, 2017, at 5:00pm CDT.  The CLA Associate Dean's 

Applicants should prepare and submit the rest of the required application materials to cla-adr@purdue.edu by November 1st, 2017, at 5:00pm CDT 

Purdue may nominate up to four finalists from the applications we receive.

Announcement of fellowship awards will be made by the end of January 2018. 

2017 Humanities Without Walls Fellow

College of Liberal Arts graduate student named 2017 Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral fellowship recipient. 

brian albertsBrian Alberts 

Department of History
Research Focus - German Immigrants and Brewing in the 19th Century Midwest

Undergraduate Institution - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Master's Degree Institution - Purdue University 

Project:  "Beer to Stay: Brewed Culture, Ethnicity, and the Market Revolution 1840-1873"

Brian hopes to use his research on brewing and German immigrants in Chicago and Cincinnati, specifically how beer production and consumption helped them navigate the cultural and economic transformations of the mid-19th century, to blur the line between scholarly and public engagement. Growing interest in beer throughout the United States continues to define the beverage as a junction for economic, political, moral, and social forces. Increased historical context for this process and its antecedents will improve collective understanding of the legacy and potential of American beer. For Brian, applying beer's history to its present is not merely possible, it's a professional imperative.

Through participation in Humanities Without Walls, Brian will work to better adapt his academic training for public audiences as well as develop skills the skills to form professional relationships which bridge the gaps between scholarship, education, and industry. Identifying positive applications for research, discussing academic experiences in private sector terms, and exploiting professional opportunity beyond academia are rapidly becoming essential skills for PhD recipients in the 21st century. The opportunity not only to engage these issues but also share the resulting insights with the wider Liberal Arts community at Purdue, is too promising to ignore.

2016 Humanties Without Walls Fellows

Katie WhitmoreKatie Whitmore 

Department of Anthropology
Research Focus - Bioarchaeology

Undergraduate Institution - Arizona State University
Master's Degree Institution - University of Florida 

Tombos Cemetery Project, Sudan

Katie Whitmore is currently working on the Tombos Cemetery project in Sudan through the Anthropology Department. The project seeks to answer questions about the Egyptian and Nubian cultures from thousands of years ago through research and anthropological findings. Katie found this opportunity through Purdue Liberal Arts, and has taken advantage of the program’s reputation and high caliber faculty. She credits her advisor, Dr. Michele Buzon with sharing Purdue’s opportunities with her and allowing her to expand her research. As a member of the Purdue community she was exposed to multiple interdisciplinary and inter-institutional connections which in turn provided her with opportunities to participate in programs such as Humanities Without Walls.

Through the Humanities Without Fellows program, Katie hopes to widen her graduate experiences. She plans to use the opportunity to expand on her research as well as network with humanities scholars and professionals from a large range of institutions. “I am interested in learning about ways to apply my humanities doctoral training, experiences, and education outside of academia.”

Kadari Nzinghalisa Taylor-Watson

School of Interdisciplinary Studies (American Studies)Kadari Taylor-WatsonResearch Focus: Race, Gender, & Material Culture

Undergraduate Institution -  Hampton University
Master's Degree Institution - Purdue University 

McGee, Zina T., Whytnee Foriest, Kadari Taylor-Watson, Tiffany Hampton, Amanda Reed and Brittany Kirkland. (2011). “From the Inside: Assessing Patterns of Coping and Adjustment Among Women in Prison II.” Published in It’s a Crime: Women and Justice edited by Roslyn Muraskin. Prentice Hall (Fifth Edition)

Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Catherine Ruffin, Kadari Taylor-Watson, and Karl Pillemer. (2011). “Race, Gender, and Parental Favoritism in Later Life Families: The Role of Mixed Methods in Revealing Complex Association.” Journal of Family Psychology 25(6): 837-84.

Apparel Design & Technology & American Studies
Fashion & Technology Independent Study Project

Kadari has an interest in expanding the term educator, and she believes that the Humanities Without Walls will be the perfect outlet to do so. While she recognizes and respects traditional forms of educating, Kadari realizes that education is most beneficial when offered in many formats. She hopes to reach a larger audience of learners with her research and educational techniques. “In my personal experience, I recognized that some of my most meaningful moments of education were outside of the university.” 

Through the Humanities Without Walls program, Kadari is interested in expanding her strengths and developing a unique career path that simultaneously involves history, fashion, and education. She especially hopes to better understand how the role that public media professionals play in education. With this opportunity, she also hopes to continue developing programs. In addition, she strives to grow programs she has already established, such as Hairitage, a program which advocates for self-love of black natural hair in girls who are at a young impressionable age. 

2015 Humanities Without Walls Fellows

Amy Elliot - Department of English 

Matthew Shownir - Department of History

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