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National Humanities Center Hires Five New Staff Members

September 7, 2021

The National Humanities Center (NHC) is pleased to announce the addition of five new staff members: Audra Pringle, Jacqueline Kellish, Jera Lego, Meredith Graham, and Stevie Howland.

Audra Pringle joins the Center as its new accounting and operations assistant, managing day-to-day accounts payable and receivable as well as working with the vice president for operations to manage the care and upkeep of the Center’s facilities. Audra holds an associate of applied science degree in accounting and related services from Central New Mexico Community College and previously worked in a variety of roles for Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Jacqueline Kellish has been named the Center’s new public engagement coordinator, working with the Center’s institutional advancement team and senior staff to develop and execute new public outreach initiatives. Jacqueline received a PhD in English literature from Duke University in 2020 and previously held the role of associate editor for the journal NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. For the past three years, she has served as a curator for the Center’s Humanities Moments initiative.

Jera Lego assumes the role of education programs coordinator, supervising the Center’s popular Humanities in Class webinar series. Jera holds a PhD in politics and international relations from International Christian University in Mitaka, Japan. Prior to coming to the Center, she served as a research associate at the Asian Development Bank Institute and was previously a foreign affairs research specialist for the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines.

Meredith Graham will serve as digital projects specialist for the Center’s education programs where she will be involved in designing and implementing Humanities in Class online courses and managing the Humanities in Class Digital Library. Meredith earned a PhD in musicology from Duke University in 2021 and most recently was involved in developing digital projects for Duke University Libraries.

Stevie Howland joins the institutional advancement team as a development specialist, administering the Center’s annual fund campaign and managing the Center’s donor database. Prior to arriving at the Center, Stevie worked in the Alumni Affairs and Development office at Harvard University. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Florida where she received a BS in psychology, cum laude.

In addition to these new hires, two members of the NHC staff have assumed new roles.

Karen Mudd has assumed the position of scholarly programs manager, overseeing the daily operations and logistics of the Center’s fellowship and summer residency programs, as well as providing support to the vice president for scholarly programs. Karen previously served as staff administrative support for the Center.

Lynn Miller will now be serving in a brand new role as the Center’s information manager. In this position, Lynn will manage how knowledge is shared across the organization and help guide the design and implementation of large-scale information projects intended to better harness the Center’s intellectual assets on behalf of its mission. Lynn previously served as scholarly programs manager at the Center.

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Through its residential fellowship program, the Center provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought. Through its education programs, the Center strengthens teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Through public engagement intimately linked to its scholarly and educational programs, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications