Public Humanities Fellows

An innovative and exciting group of community leaders in the arts and humanities serve as Public Humanities Fellows at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Each fellow works on a public humanities project and becomes a resource for Public Humanities students.  Public Humanities Fellows are culture workers from the non-profit community who use their fellowship to pursue a program of reading, writing, and thinking or to engage in a specific project with the support of Center staff, faculty, and students. 

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Director of Literary Engagement and Outreach at School One

    Diana Champa is the Director of Literary Engagement and Outreach at School One where she oversees literary arts programming and community engagement. Before this position she worked for Prime Cut Productions and the Van Morrison Rhythm and Blues Foundation in Northern Ireland.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Executive Director at Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth

    Taylor Jackson was born and raised in Conway, AR. She received a B.A. in History from Rhodes College located in Memphis, TN, and an M.A.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Assistant Director, School & Teacher Programs, RISD Museum

    Mariani Lefas-Tetenes is Assistant Director, School + Teacher Programs at the RISD Museum where she coordinates and supports experiences for K-12 students and teachers through visits, partnerships, professional development, curricular resources, and collaborative projects. Prior she taught art history at City University of New York and worked in education, curatoria

  • Public Humanities Fellow

    Fran Loosen has 25 years of experience in the social/nonprofit sector. Fran started her career in development and became an Executive Director of a startup organization at the age of 25. Her formal education is in art history and she also retains a MBA/MPA from the University of Michigan focused on strategy, innovation and marketing.

  • Public Humanities Fellow

    Jade Luiz worked formerly as Curator of Collections at Plimoth Patuxet Museums where she managed the museums’ collections of 17 th -century fine and decorative arts, archives related to Mayflower II, as well as the museums’ significant archaeological holdings.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Outreach & Program Manager at JFK Library and Museum

    Maria Quintero specializes in serving as a bridge between cultural institutions, local agencies, community organizations, and the public — seeking to create spaces for people from marginalized backgrounds to enrich their lives by critically engaging with the past to empower communities historically left out of museum spaces and program.


  • Public Humanities Fellow

    Brent Runyon is the Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society, where he has been since fall 2013.

  • Public Humanities Fellow

    Jordan Seaberry is a painter, organizer, legislative advocate and educator. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jordan first came to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Executive Director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters, American Democracy Fellow for the Charles Warren Center for American History

  • Public Humanities Fellow

    Howie Sneider's childhood exploration of the forests and hills of Central New York inspired his sense of wonderment and discovery. He searched for his voice from a young age, participating in, and documenting animal rights demonstrations for the Animal Defense League of Syracuse and lobbying for reproductive rights in Albany with other teens.