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Musicology Ph.D. student named HWW Fellow


Liz Crisenbery

Liz Crisenbery, a Ph.D. candidate in musicology, has been selected as a National Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Pre-Doctoral Fellow.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the HWW consists of humanities centers at 15 research universities in the Midwest and beyond. It aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and scholarship in the humanities, particularly in areas of inquiry that require cross-institutional cooperation.

One of the HWW’s initiatives is to offer summer workshops for pre-doctoral humanities students interested in exploring nonacademic careers. As part of her fellowship, Crisenbery will participate in a three-week series of workshops in Chicago designed to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and beyond the academy. Fellows will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects; leaders of university presses and learned societies; experts across the digital humanities; representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations; and people in important non-faculty positions in colleges and universities, such as academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, and development officers.

“When I saw the call for applications in Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom’s Versatile Humanists newsletter, I knew this was an opportunity I wanted to pursue,” Crisenbery said. “Since I am preparing to go on the job market next year, the timing of the HWW workshop couldn’t be better. I am excited to participate in the workshop for three main reasons: to learn more about the career options outside of a tenure-track system, to build my network in preparation for job applications, and to identify how the skills I possess are valued in other careers.”

Crisenbery entered the musicology Ph.D. program at Duke in 2014. She holds a bachelor of music from Bowling Green State University and an M.F.A. in musicology from Brandeis University.