Manning Zhang

January 19, 2024

Manning Zhang, a joint PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy, was awarded funding to participate in two UX design programs in 2022. Learn about her experiences as she shares her UX journey here!

Anthony Lipscomb

July 15, 2023

Anthony Lipscomb, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies PhD’24, currently oversees adult theological education as Director of Christian Development. In 2020, Anthony received an internship to work for the Brandeis University Press. Following his internship, Anthony became the Brandeis University Press Coordinator from 2021 -2023. 

Sarah Beth Gable

June 22, 2023

Sarah Beth Gable, a PhD student in the History Department, received a higher education administrative grant to work with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Research in 2021-2022. 

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May 24, 2023

In his address at Brandeis's first-ever Graduate Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2023, President Ron Liebowitz highlighted the Connected PhD grant and the support it has provided for students.

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April 13, 2023

The two-year collaboration between Wayland Free Public Library (WFPL) and the Brandeis University PhD program in History started with just a phone call in the summer of 2021. It culminated in a community-wide public event on March 19, 2023.

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April 7, 2023

Giuseppe Desiato, Music Composition and Theory PhD’23, has been awarded two Connected PhD experience grants and one higher education administrative internship. At the time of this interview (August 2022), Giuseppe was completing his first Connected PhD experience, where he  learned  a variety of coding languages required for entering a career in the sound industry. He enthusiastically shared his experiences with us.

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April 5, 2023

The Connected PhD has been featured on The Academic Life - Part III. Podcast host Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender, interviewed Dr. Ulka Anjaria, Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities and Professor of English. 

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April 2, 2023

On Sunday, March 5, 2023, GSAS graduate students and faculty met for a pilot one-day “Graduate Student Retreat.” Read about the experience from the students' perspectives.

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February 27, 2023

The Connected PhD has been featured on The Academic Life - Part II Podcast host Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender, interviewed Dr. Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Anna Valcour, PhD student in Musicology and Connected PhD Project Lead. 

Pyunghwa Lee

February 13, 2023

Pyunghwa Lee, English PhD’22, received a Higher Education Administrative Internship to work with the Journalism Program in her final year as a graduate student. Currently, Pyunghwa is the department administrator for the Ethics Center. She shares her experiences with us in this interview. 

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February 7, 2023

The Brandeis Hoot shared our recent feature on the New Books Network podcast.

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January 27, 2023

The Connected PhD has been featured on The Academic Life. Podcast host Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender, interviewed Dr. Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Jonathan Anjaria, Faculty Director of Professional Development at GSAS and associate professor in the Anthropology. 

Houman Oliaei

January 13, 2023

Houman Oliaei ’22 is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Kalamazoo College in the department of Anthropology and Sociology. During his time as a PhD candidate, he was awarded two Connected PhD student grants. In this interview, Houman reflects on both his experiences.

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October 17, 2022

Connected PhD fellows Daniel Ruggles (PhD student in Politics) and Anna Valcour (PhD student in Musicology) were featured in “GSAS Students Gain Valuable Experience Pursuing Summer Internships” by Simon Goodacre. Read about their Connected PhD experience this past Summer 2022.

Diana Filar

October 6, 2022

Diana Filar ’21 currently works as an Assistant Professor of English at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Previously, she worked as the Department Administrator in the Dean of Arts and Sciences office at Brandeis. During her graduate studies in the English department, Diana was awarded a Connected PhD grant to fund her work at the International Institute of New England (an immigrant and refugee nonprofit). Looking back on her experience, Diana shares her insights. 

Marie Comuzzo

September 5, 2022

Marie Comuzzo, a PhD student in Musicology, received a Higher Education Administrative Internship to work with the Brandeis University Press as well as a Student Experience Grant for summer 2022. They share their experiences and journey in this profile.

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July 8, 2022

Find the full article about our Connected PhD feature in Inside Higher Ed here.

Robert Cochran

May 7, 2021

Robert Cochran, doctoral candidate in History, has been working as an intern with the University Writing Program this year through the Connected PhD Higher Education Administrative Internship program. In this profile, Robert shares what he's learned through the internship, and how this experience has contributed to his professional development.

Diana Filar

March 26, 2021

Diana Filar, doctoral candidate in English, was awarded a Connected PhD Student Experience Grant to intern with International Institute of New England, a local non-profit organization that support immigrants and refugees. In this profile, Diana shares more about what she learned.

Jennifer LaFleur

January 26, 2021

Jennifer LaFleur used her experience with policy analysis to help lead an examination of survey data provided by families in Boston Public Schools under the direction of Professor Derron Wallace.

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June 2, 2020

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) has dedicated some Connected PhD funds to support fellowships in higher education administration at Brandeis University.

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January 21, 2020

In this episode of the new Highlights podcast, Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli discusses the Connected PhD and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Marika McCann introduces the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Eric Chasalow

August 22, 2019

Dean Eric Chasalow announces the launch of the Connected PhD program, the new Mellon-funded instigative within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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August 22, 2019

The Connected PhD will make the consideration of careers outside the academy an integral part of doctoral education in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at Brandeis.