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Ralina Joseph Awarded Inaugural Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowship

Today, The American Council of Learned Societies announced that it has selected Professor Ralina Joseph (Communications) as an inaugural Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellow.

The Scholars & Society fellowship offers faculty who teach and advise PhD students opportunities to serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy and deepen their support for doctoral curricular innovation on their campuses. Scholars & Society Fellows conduct research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences while in residence at cultural, media, government, policy, or community organizations of their choice. The awards promote mutually beneficial partnerships between fellows and their colleagues at the host institutions, through which they can collaborate, interact, and learn about each other’s work, motivating questions, methods, and practices. The fellowships offer a stipend of $75,000 plus $6,000 for research and project costs, as well as additional funding in the year following the fellowship for programming on the fellows’ campuses that promotes the public value of humanities scholarship.

Joseph received the fellowship for her project, Interrupting Privilege, an intergenerational, skills-building, and anti-racist space for dialogue and critique. Interrupting Privilege argues that everyday people can work together across generations to combat racism with the support of youth leadership, commitment to critique-in-action, spaces to share and hear racial hurt, and careful training modules. “Interrupting Privilege” will move from the University of Washington to Seattle's Black community hub, the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), in order to center the perspectives of African Americans.

Congratulations, Ralina!