Bridging Humanistic Academia and Public Engagement

As Public Humanities Fellows at the NYU Center for the Humanities last year, doctoral students Yaelle Frohlich and Emma Otheguy worked on their dissertations, developed public engagement projects, and participated in interdisciplinary dialogue with other fellows from the Center.

“[The Center for the Humanities] really challenged me to ask myself, why am I doing all of these things? Why did I chose to pursue these different intellectual and creative paths and what is the connection between them? Having this fellowship gave me the opportunity to ask where the different things I was working on intersected.”

Emma Otheguy, Public Humanities Fellow, 2016-2017

“There is a whole world actually that’s waiting to be discovered and now that I’ve actually been a part of the fellowship, I know much more about some of the cutting-edge conversations that are happening within the field and how those conversations are changing.”

Yaelle Frohlich, Public Humanities Fellow, 2016-2017

The Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities New York in partnership with nine New York research universities, including NYU, 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 NYU Center for the Humanities is pleased to welcome Christine Mladic, doctoral candidate in Anthropology, and Wendi Muse, doctoral candidate in History, as the 2017-2018 Public Humanities Fellows at NYU. Visit the Humanities New York website to meet all of this year’s Public Humanities Fellows.

2017-2018 Public Humanities Fellows

Christine Mladic

Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Project: Digital Quechua: Networking New York City’s Andean Immigrants

Christine Mladic Janney is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at New York University. Her research interests include everyday practices of photography and the anthropology of media, ideas of race and ethnicity in Peru, Quechua language use and language ideologies, and migration. She has been involved with outreach initiatives related to Quechua languages such as the Rimasun Quechua language podcast series, the Quechua Collective of New York, and the Runasimi Outreach Committee; she also directed the film Living Quechua. As a Public Humanities Fellow, Christine will produce new informational Quechua language audio content focusing on health issues and legal rights, create a Quechua language audio app, and coordinate public events that interface Quechua-speaking communities members with broader NYC and US publics.

Wendi Muse 

Department of History, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Project: The Left POCket Project

Wendi Muse is a doctoral candidate in History at New York University. Her dissertation Exiles & Allies: Portuguese Africa and the Brazilian Left (1951-1992) examines the impact of political and intellectual exchange between Lusophone African and Brazilian activists during concurrent respective struggles against authoritarian rule. Wendi holds a Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NYU) and has served as a Program Assistant and translator for the NYU Steinhardt course Race and Higher Education in Brazil. As a Public Humanities Fellow, Wendi will work with local organizers and scholars to make the history of leftist movements led by and comprised of people of color easily-accessible through a public lecture series and digital media platform.

2016-2017 Public Humanities Fellows

Yaelle Frohlich

Department of History/Hebrew & Judaic Studies, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   

Project: Holy Land in the Mind’s Eye: Diaspora Jewish Perceptions of Palestine, 1830-1882

Yaelle Frohlich is a doctoral candidate in New York University’s joint program in History and Hebrew & Judaic Studies. She received her BA in English Communications (Journalism) and MA in Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Her work focuses on the circulation of information about Palestine in the nineteenth-century Jewish press, engaging with questions of mass migration, ideological movements, identity formation, and the emergence of a transnational Jewish public sphere. She is also interested in Hebrew and Yiddish literary translation, such as Yehoash’s Yiddish Bible translation (1922-5) and Chaim Nachman Bialik’s epic poem, “In the City of Slaughter” (1903). Additionally, she has an extensive background in stage performance, editing, and creative writing.

Emma Otheguy

Department of History, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 

Project: Appealing Peru: Basque Identity and the Potosí Mines

Emma Otheguy is a doctoral candidate in History at New York University. Her dissertation, Appealing Peru: Basque Identity and the Potosí Mines, explores ethnogenesis among Basque-speakers in Spain and colonial Latin America. In 2014, Emma was awarded the Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources from the Council of Library and Information Resources. Emma is also a children’s author with a strong Latinx focus. Her debut picture book, Martí’s Song for Freedom (Lee & Low Books 2017) is a biography of Cuban poet and national hero José Martí.