University of Delaware


African American Public Humanities Initiative

graduate students presenting at a conference

The AAPHI is a fellowship for matriculating Ph.D. students in History, English and Art History, with intentional focus on training students for a broad range of careers in and beyond the academy.  We believe in the centrality of African American Public Humanities, and our program showcases the opportunities and responsibilities of public scholarship and advocacy for African American history, cultural preservation, and community outreach work. Our interdisciplinary training focuses on collections based research and digital humanities training during a concentrated five year, 12 month, cohort model program of study that builds on the University’s strengths in public humanities and African American studies.  Students recruited through this interdisciplinary initiative will have opportunities to develop their skills as scholars and educators if they are interested in academic careers.  Career diversity is also encouraged through participation in project-based research experiences that advance the public profile of humanities. As such, our students engage in internships in libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and special collections on campus and as well as at our partner institutions.

Our program holds a thematic focus on 19th– through 21st-century African American public humanities, with a dual emphasis on print and material culture studies, and digital humanities training.  Our rich curriculum is tailored to students’ career goals and it involves interdisciplinary coursework, intensive off-campus professional training opportunities, and internship experiences. Our program provides Ph.D. candidates in History, English, and Art History with the full complement of humanities skills that are critical to career success in public humanities venues nation-wide.