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CLIR Names 2020 Postdoctoral Fellows

CLIR welcomes eight postdoctoral fellows as the seventeenth cohort in the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Fellows will work in data curation for African American and African Studies funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; in data curation for the energy social sciences supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and in digital humanities and digital scholarship funded by individual host institutions.

Portia D. Hopkins
PhD: American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
Host: Rice University

Luling Huang
PhD: Media and Communications, Temple University
Host: Carnegie Mellon University

Petrouchka Moïse
PhD: Design in Cultural Preservation, Louisiana State University College of Art and Design
Host: Grinnell College

Jennifer Ross
PhD: American Studies, William & Mary
Host: University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Institute

Synatra Smith
PhD: Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
Host: Philadelphia Institute of Art

Francena Turner
PhD: Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Host: Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Laura Wilson
PhD: English Literature, University of Mississippi
Host: Fisk University

Rebecca Pickens
PhD: Organizational Behavior, Cornell University
Host: University of Michigan Energy Institute

The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers recent Ph.D. graduates the chance to develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among collections, educational technologies, and current research. Host institutions benefit from fellows’ field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections’ potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices.

The new fellows will begin the program with an introductory online seminar from July 27 to July 31, 2020. The seminar orients fellows to issues facing twenty-first-century libraries, including data and software curation, and provides an opportunity for them to meet others in their cohort to share experiences and information. Fellows’ supervisors will also participate in part of the seminar to discuss expectations and strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of the fellowships. Eleven fellows from the 2019 cohort will spend a second year at their host institutions.

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