Welcome to Northeastern University’s Humanities Center! My name is Dr. Angel David Nieves and I am its new Director, appointed on July 1, 2022. I am also beginning my third year as Director of the M.A. Public History Program. I am a Professor of Africana Studies, History, Digital Humanities, and English with appointments in the Departments of History; Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies (CSGS); and English. I am also an Affiliate of the NULab for Texts, Maps & Networks, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ). I am also leading the College’s Public Humanities efforts.
I want to thank Dr. Lori Lefkovitz, former Director of the Humanities Center, for entrusting me to continue building on the important foundation she helped envision with faculty from across CSSH, the broader University community, and through exciting external partnerships. I also want to thank Dean Poiger for providing me with this unique opportunity to help strengthen the Center’s work in the public humanities and to broaden its interdisciplinary mission over the next few years. I am especially excited about strengthening four key areas of research and applied scholarship already underway in public and digital humanities; environmental humanities; health humanities; and information justice (with a focus on libraries and archives). I am currently working with faculty colleagues who as research coordinators will help to shape these focus areas with content from guest speakers, workshops, lunch-time talks, and seminars. It will take time to focus on and implement these areas and I look forward to building on these knowledge-making efforts with my faculty colleagues, staff, students, and nearby community members from across New England. Graduate and undergraduate students will also become an integral part of the Center’s work, although it will still retain its emphasis on faculty research and development.
This is an exciting time in Northeastern’s history and in the humanities with our continued growth across our Global Network of campuses now including London, Oakland, and Miami. The Humanities Center is best poised to expand the University’s commitment to social justice, providing our faculty, staff, and students here in Boston and elsewhere with the sorts of opportunities that push the boundaries of the experiential liberal arts in significant ways.
Please reach out should you want to discuss any of these exciting plans or future events the Humanities Center might be able to support in some way.