Teresa listening during group discussion

Teresa Mangum

Teresa Mangum is a professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English and director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. She began her career working on rebellious women, ageism, and surprising human-animal relationships in 19th-century British art and literature. More recently, she has been asking how humanities scholarship and practice might intervene in profound social challenges from social inequities to climate change and how graduate studies in the humanities can prepare future generations for those responsibilities. She is currently directing a multi-year Mellon Grant focused on “Humanities for the Public Good”: an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, graduate students, and community partners is designing an “applied” humanities graduate certificate and MA degree. Mangum serves on the Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and the Public Humanities Network within CHCI and chairs the planning committee for the 2023 National Humanities Conference, a collaboration of the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Annie Valk

Annie Valk

Since graduate school, Annie Valk has had a long and varied career working in public humanities in different positions at several higher education institutions. In addition to teaching U.S. history, with an emphasis on the twentieth century, women, and gender, she has taught courses focused on oral history and public history. At the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Brown University, she worked closely with students and community organizations on place-based projects including exhibitions, audio installations, cell phone tours, and mobile apps focused on Providence neighborhoods. At Williams College in western Massachusetts, she organized classes aimed at connecting students to local communities, past and present, and worked with many student organizations to uncover histories of campus activism. With her students and community collaborators, she has written about many of these projects in the Oral History Review and other publications. In 2020, she became Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she also serves as Executive Director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning. As a Humanities and Public Life series editor, she enjoys assisting scholars and practitioners as they imagine how to most effectively tell the story of their exciting publicly-engaged projects and to consider how they can contribute to the growing field of public humanities.

Acquisitions Editor

Advisory Board

  • Myrna Breitbart, Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, Hampshire College; founding member of the Holyoke Planning Network
  • Jan Cohen-Cruz, Director of Imagining America and Professor of Theatre, Syracuse University
  • Matthew Countryman, Director, Arts of Citizenship Program and Associate Professor of American History and Public History – University of Michigan
  • Gregory Jay, Founding Director, Cultures and Communities Program and Professor of English and American Studies – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
  • Lisa Yun Lee, Director, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Ana Lopez, Associate Professor and Associate Provost of Communication; Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Latin American Studies, Film Studies – Tulane University
  • Esther Mackintosh, President of the Humanities Councils of America
  • Tara McPherson, Digital Humanities, University of Southern California
  • Rachel Williams, Community-based Arts; Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies; Intermedia; Prison Arts Projects – University of Iowa
  • Kim Yasuda, Co-director, U.C. Institute for Research in the Arts, Spatial Studies, Public Arts Research, Administration, and Practice – University of California Santa Barbara