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 Programs and Exhibitions at Providence Public Library

    Current project: Producing Within a Lifetime: Immigration and the Changing City, a conversation series exploring the complexities and universalities of immigration to Rhode Island as reflected in the history of the Pond Street Neighborhood.

  • 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, Consultant

    Kath Connolly specializes in public engagement and communications. Her firm, Breakfast All Day, serves clients including universities, film festivals, foundations and political candidates seeking strategy, program development and engagement. As a proud “nerd whisperer,” she helps scholars and thinkers share their work through effective presentations, op-eds and other storytelling platforms.

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Founder and Artistic Director of UPP Arts

    Current project: Working on a series of responses to the Gorham silver show at the RISD Museum, including pop-up exhibits, community conversations about the environmental and labor impacts of the Gorham company, zines, and performances at the Gorham site.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Executive Director at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

  • 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

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Curator of Collections at Plimoth Plantation

    Jade Luiz is Curator of Collections at Plimoth Plantation and received her Ph.D. from Boston University. For her dissertation, she specialized in historical archaeology, nineteenth-century urbanism, gender, and archaeology of the senses. Her research delves into the history of

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Executive Director, RI Latino Arts

    Current project: Archiving the collections of Nuestras Raices: Latino History of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Latino Arts and actively collecting artifacts, stories and doing research to go into those archives. 

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Executive Director at the Little Compton Historical Society

    Current project: Working on an exhibit and a set of public programs, “The Women of Little Compton” and hoping to collaborate with students on research and interviews.   -  In addition, will open an archaeology project with the Public Archaeology Lab investigating two cellar holes in Little Compton, both with Native American, English Settler, and lastly African-American histories for student collaboration. 

  • 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, Director, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts

    Randall Rosenbaum is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, a position he has held since January 1995.  From 1984 to January 1995 Mr. Rosenbaum served in a variety of capacities at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, including Deputy Director and Director of the Dance and Presenting Organizations Programs.

  • Public Humanities Fellow, Executive Director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters

  • Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum

    Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, has been an educator for 25 years, has served as an adjunct faculty at Brown University and at University of Rhode Island. She shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public through museum programs.

  • Public Humanities Community Fellow, Curator of Rhode Island Collections at Providence Public Library

    Current project: Thinking about community archiving in light of communications theory and social practice art as part of preparing a Providence Public Library workbook for community archives; presenting a Lunch Talk at the Center for Public Humanities; and continuing collaboration on Hacking Heritage.