Public Humanities Fellow - HRM

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Sarah Lawrence College in partnership with the Hudson River Museum invites applications for a Public Humanities Fellow starting no later than January 2022. This three-year, full-time fellowship is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (

The position will be integral to the interpretive work at the Hudson River Museum and also extend curricular and pedagogical innovation for the college in the areas of museum/curatorial studies, visual cultures, and/or Latino/a/x and Latin American studies.

At the Museum, the Public Humanities Fellow will pursue a curatorial and educational project focused on developing the Museum’s history collections and relationships to artists to reflect the rich diversity of people’s lives in Yonkers, Westchester, and the surrounding region. He/She/They will lead an initiative consisting of reaching out to the local Latino/a/x communities—fully recognizing the intersectionality that exists—to gather images, objects, and media for possible archival, collection, loans, and/or exhibition purposes. The Fellow will also participate on a museum-wide team to reinterpret the collection galleries. The position is supported and mentored by senior leadership and integrated with the entire staff.

This local history initiative will build upon the HRM’s successful Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers collection and exhibition project to extend outreach to these additional groups whose representation, in art and histories have been historically underrepresented in the Museum’s collections and narratives. This process will intentionally build stronger, and sustainable, relationships with these communities.

The Public Humanities Fellow will be integral to the team that develops the new collection galleries because the overarching goal is to integrate local history, including narratives gathered by the Fellow, while also highlighting the Museum’s significant American art collection. Input from the Fellow on creative ways to combine all these assets for innovative, relatable, and effective storytelling, integrating interpretive elements that reflect the spirit and criteria of the collecting initiative, will be a key element of the success of this major effort.

The Public Humanities Fellow will share the Museum’s commitments to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history and to invite new and multiple generations to participate in creating and sharing vital cultural materials. This work involves outreach, research, writing, and programming, with the goal of creating a range of content that is accessible and relatable to the public across a variety of platforms from the Museum’s collection displays to programming for the public and for schools. Genuine interest in helping the public feel welcome and a desire to demystify the museum experience are a must, as is strong proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.

At the College, the Public Humanities Fellow will teach courses that will engage our students in their work at the Museum. While the Fellow’s area of specialty is open, we envision courses based in museum/curatorial studies, visual cultures, and/or Latino/a/x studies that will involve our students in current conversations around historically marginalized voices and perspectives, as well as the ways that museums establish and maintain interrelationships with local communities. We anticipate that course work will include opportunities for students to bridge theory and practice by including community-based work with both the Hudson River Museum and the local community.

We invite interested candidates to submit a cover letter statement of interest along with a CV; three letters of recommendation; a tentative syllabus/description for a possible course at SLC; and a sample of their scholarly and/or curatorial work either in print or in a multimedia format.  Consideration of the applications will begin on August 1, 2021.

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Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff, and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.

Sarah Lawrence College is located in southern Westchester County, 25 minutes by train from midtown Manhattan, NYC. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our website at

The Hudson River Museum ( is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.
The Museum offers engaging experiences for nearly every age and interest, with a significant and ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

The HRM provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the HRM complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.​