Reinvent the Phd/H - Connected Academics at Georgetown

Connected Academics is a national-scale project lead by the Modern Language Association and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aimed at preparing doctoral students of language and literature to be influential in a diversity of academic and non-academic careers. The goal of Reinvent the PhD/H – Connected Academics at Georgetown is to reinvent doctoral education in the humanities by expanding intellectual discourse beyond the university, by cultivating dialogues with public intellectuals and specialists in non-academic areas, and by expanding the curriculum with training in the methods, practices and skills associated with the public humanities.

One of our central goals is to develop a doctoral program in the humanities that combines the strengths of scholarly training with training for work environments beyond the university. This includes, among other things, a shortened time to degree, alternatives to the traditional dissertation, the encouragement of interdisciplinary approaches, and mentored and credit-bearing Public Fellow internships (modeled on the ACLS Public Fellows Program), and new courses in the Public Humanities. Find out more about our current projects here

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Primary Investigator: Kathryn Temple 

Affiliated Faculty: Ricardo Ortiz

Lab Director: Tony Manela

  • Annual Report 2015-16
    August 16, 2016

    Click here for a report of our activities last year.

  • Check out the results of our course development project!
    August 15, 2016

    In the Spring semester, we gathered a group of 9 faculty members from DC area universities who re-designed their existing graduate course to connect scholarly training with preparing graduate students for public engagement and non-academic intellectual work. The group's work culminated in a poster session at Georgetown's Annual Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute in May 2016, where the group members presented their re-designed courses. You can find these posters on our Course Development page. There, you can also find video interviews with some of the participants of the event. 

  • Kathryn Temple presents at Canadian Future of the Humanities PhD Conference
    May 17, 2016
    Kathryn Temple, Principal Investigator of Connected Academics @ Georgetown, will explore the Canadian version of our project. The Future of the PhD in the Humanities conference at Carleton University is the follow up to a groundbreaking conference on the same theme that was held last year at McGill University. This year's conference will focus on how changes in doctoral education might be implemented.