Maggie Unverzagt Goddard is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Brown University. In her dissertation, Objectified: Embodied Aesthetics and the Politics of the Pelvis, she explores the relationship between objects and the body through visual culture, performance, and protest. She received her bachelor’s degree in Religion with a minor in Philosophy from Haverford College and holds master’s degrees in Public Humanities from Brown University and in American Studies from the George Washington University. She previously worked at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Thomas Alva Edison High School/John C. Fareira Skills Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of American History, and MOCA Cleveland.
Julia Renaud is a second-year MA candidate in the Public Humanities program at Brown. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Julia studied American History and Literature as well as the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. After graduating, she worked for several years in the archives of the Calder Foundation in New York, and also spent time at the American Repertory Theater, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and D. E. Shaw Research. Julia is currently the Marketing and Communications Fellow at the Brown Arts Initiative, and spent this past summer as a Curatorial Fellow with Dirt Palace Public Projects (Providence, RI) and a Public Programs Fellow at the Center for Reconciliation (Providence, RI). As a curatorial and educational practitioner, she primarily focuses on collaboratively researching, interpreting, and amplifying underrepresented and contested histories with and for publics. Julia has a particular interest in the history and ongoing legacy of slavery in the United States; histories of feminism and feminist historical practice; artistic interventions in historic spaces; and hyperlocal histories.
Sophie Don is a first-year MA student in Public Humanities at Brown University. As an undergraduate at Skidmore College, her research focused on memorializing and teaching about World War II and the Holocaust across the US and in Germany. Since graduating, Sophie has been developing and implementing community outreach programming as well as public arts projects in her home city, Philadelphia. Sophie has worked at the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, National Museum of American Jewish History, Historic Philadelphia Inc., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At Brown, Sophie is exploring collection interpretation, focusing on educational programming and media literacy.