GRADUCon 2018 - Writing Careers for Humanists Panel


As a humanities graduate student, you have spent a lot of time and effort in honing your writing and editing skills, from proposals to course papers to your dissertation itself. How can you apply those skills to a wide range of careers outside of academia? This panel will feature alumni who have built careers that depend on writing and editing skills, from freelancing to grant writing to marketing.


Priya Nelson, Acquisitions Editor, UChicago Press (MA University of Texas 2010)

I acquire books for the Press’s long-standing and distinguished lists in anthropology, history, and current events. Economics and exchange, value, religion, urban studies, media, epistemology, social theory, and ethnographic writing are topics of special interest for the anthropology list. My interests in history include the history of ideas, world history, biography, and works of broad historiographical significance. At Chicago, I am profoundly lucky to have inherited the riches of our deep back list and look forward to bringing the classics of twentieth-century scholarship to new readers. I joined the Press in 2011, and my fields of acquisition reflect my academic training at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin.

Jamie Lynn Waters, Communications Coordinator, Newberry Library (MA Humanities 2016)

I’ve worked in writing and marketing roles at academic and arts spaces throughout my career, starting with undergraduate internships, through three years abroad in Turkey and Hong Kong at academic institutions, and the past four years in arts and humanities in Chicago. I’m currently on the communications and marketing team at the Newberry Library. My work promotes the humanities and encourages public engagement with library resources through a variety of channels, including writing for print, video, audio, and social media.

Amanda Norton, Associate Director of Advancement Communications, Kellog School of Management (PhD Germanic Studies 2010)

Amanda Norton holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Chicago, and also studied at Princeton as well as in Vienna and Graz, Austria. She began her career as an Adviser in the College at UChicago, and also served in administrative and communications roles in the Dean’s Office of the Biological Sciences Division and with UChicago Urban Labs. She is currently Associate Director of Advancement Communications at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Laura Browning, Executive Editor, The A.V. Club (MA Humanities 2006)

Laura M. Browning is the Executive Editor of The A.V. Club, a pop culture website written by and for pop culture obsessives. She also serves on the executive board member of ACES: The Society for Editing. She’s worked at art museums and other non-profits, in higher education, and as a freelance writer and editor.


Annie Janusch, Visiting Faculty, University of Chicago Creative Writing

Annie Janusch is the translator of four novels by Wolf Haas, the Heinrich von Kleist novella The Duel, as well as works by Jürgen Goldstein, Anja Kampmann, Walter Kappacher, and Uwe Tellkamp. She has been an editor and reviewer for the journals Chicago Review, The Quarterly Conversation, Two Lines, and Translation Review. A former Robert Bosch Fellow at the University of Leipzig, Janusch holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a 2017 Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.