Congratulations to Christine Kelly on being awarded the 2017-18 GSAS Higher Education Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship is designed as a collaborative mentorship for PhD candidates, through which the fellow engages with GSAS administration to learn the ins-and-outs of higher education administration and while providing their own ideas and insight into the graduate school to help better GSAS.
Christine is currently in the fifth year of her PhD and works on issues of race, gender and culture in American society during the Cold War era. Her dissertation, “‘All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies?’: Folk Womanhood and the Making of the American Folk Music Revival, 1956 – 1985,” offers a collective biography of five of the most influential women folk singers of the popular folk music movement beginning in the late 1950s to consider how they negotiated the gendered confines of the folk artist community they were a part of along with the wider music industry.
Aside from learning about the daily operations of the graduate school, Christine said:
“The Fellowship is allowing me to consider the work of the historian within the context of the university as an institution whose smooth flowing engine facilitates the deep research and innovative thinking which accompanies the most meaningful and enduring scholarship.”
She will also be directing the GSAS Futures Program which has helped graduate students by encouraging their ongoing professional development in and out of the academic world.
Congratulations again, Christine!