Robert D. Newman, PhD, President and Director
Robert’s scholarship has focused on twentieth-century literature and culture and narrative theory. He has published six books, two of which have been nominated for major national awards, along with numerous articles, reviews, and poems; and has received awards not only for his scholarship but for his institutional leadership and teaching. He also serves as general editor of the “Cultural Frames, Framing Culture” series published by University of Virginia Press.
Since assuming leadership of the National Humanities Center, Robert’s work has been dedicated to broadening the Center’s scholarly mission, its educational outreach, and on public engagement and national advocacy for the humanities.
Matthew Morse Booker, PhD, Vice President for Scholarly Programs
Matthew has published in environmental history, food history, and agricultural history. His recent volume is Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates (UNC Press, 2019). Previously, he authored Down by the Bay: San Francisco’s History between the Tides (University of California Press, 2013), an environmental history of the American West’s great urban estuary. He has authored articles, blog posts, podcasts, and digital mapping projects and regularly collaborates with K–12 teachers, museum curators, natural scientists, and others who love the humanities.
Matthew was a 2016–17 Fellow at the National Humanities Center.
Heidi Camp, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Before shifting her career to higher education, Heidi engaged in healthcare management and strategic planning, including multi-physician clinic management, hospital marketing and communications, and healthcare advertising. She managed a national network of independent consultants, as well as founded and managed Strategic Healthcare Innovations, a multi-state strategic planning consulting firm with healthcare agency and hospital management company clients in 28 states.
Ben Vinson III, PhD, Board Chair
Trained as a historian with a focus on colonial Mexico, Ben is the author of three books including, most recently, Before Mestizaje: Lobos, Moriscos, Coyotes and the Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has also coauthored two books and coedited two additional volumes. In addition to his most recent appointments, he has held teaching positions at Barnard College, The Pennsylvania State University, and Johns Hopkins University where he also served as vice-dean for centers, interdisciplinary programs, and graduate education and as director of the international studies program.
Ben received a bachelor’s degree in history and classical studies from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Latin American history from Columbia University.