What can you do with a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago?
In addition to remaining in academia, our alumni go on to work in community colleges and secondary schools, the arts, the non-profit sector, the law, public humanities, and more.
A degree from MAPH can prove a vital means of professional advancement at any stage of your career, whether your intellectual interests point you toward doctoral work or take you outside of the academy altogether. MAPH provides the freedom and resources necessary to explore your interests and produce real professional possibility for yourself.
MAPH is not a continuing studies or professional degree. However, an in-depth year of study at one of the world’s leading graduate institutions certainly allows individuals the opportunity to test and enrich their critical capacities, to bring greater analytic force to their writing, and to carefully consider how to bring their intellectual interests into the world at large. Many MAPH alums go on doctoral work, others teach at community colleges and secondary schools, and still others find (or return to) careers in law, non-profits, public humanities and the arts.
 
Programming and Resources to Support Career Development
 
  • 9 paid internships, 1 Torch Service fellowship, and 3 full-time mentorship positions ▸
  • One-on-one career advising and resume and cover letter review
  • Professionalization workshops throughout the year, ranging from networking skills to getting a start in fields such as publishing, consulting, and non-profits
  • Coursework opportunities such as Teaching in the Community College, What Are The Humanities For?, Art Law, and Hot Button Topics in Cultural Policy
  • An extensive and engaged alumni network in Chicago and across the world, who connect with current students through meet-ups, panels, our annual Alumni Career Night, and online networks
Selected MAPH Alumni Professionally Engaged with the Humanities
 
Justine Nagan
“I would not have this job without my MAPH experience. It made me want to do bigger things, with broader impact, and it cemented my love of film… I have professional colleagues and personal friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life, both directly from my cohort and through other courses at the University."
Justine Nagan
MAPH'04
Executive Director
American Documentary, Inc. POV
 
afterMAPH: Alumni Profiles
 
Meghan Brown
Meghan Brown
MAPH'03
Principal and Owner
Occupi Design
Meghan is currently Principal and Owner of Occupi Design. She has a professional undergraduate degree in architecture and has worked in that industry for several years. MAPH has allowed her to put that education and work experience in the context of our culture in a context that encompasses a continuum of philosophy, art, history, etc. Meghan especially appreciated the opportunity to look analytically and creatively at concepts and events. The MAPH program encourages curiosity across disciplines, and Meghan found that being open to and exploring a variety of perspective enriched her experience. This outlook has been particularly valuable for her career as an entrepreneur and a designer. As a designer, one seeks to find solutions, to solve a problem--as does an entrepreneur. In both cases, having as many tools as possible only enriches the response to solving a problem.
 
Sara Corona Goldstein
Sara Corona Goldstein
MAPH'12
Educational Counselor
Schuler Scholar Program
Two months after graduating from MAPH in 2012 Sara began working as an Educational Counselor for the Schuler Scholar Program and has been there since. Sara found the position opening via the MAPH listserv and owes the successful retooling of her resume and cover letter to the guidance of her MAPH mentors. The Schuler Scholar Program prepares high school students who are bright and motivated, but underserved, to succeed at the most competitive colleges and universities. Prior to MAPH, Sara had worked in college admissions and education, but having the opportunity to deeply explore the humanities during MAPH—especially in the context of UChicago's extensive resources—further cemented her conviction about the value of a top-notch education and that it should be accessible to every student who wants one. The work that Sara does now helps students achieve success in high school so they are prepared to thrive in the kind of intellectually challenging and enriching environment that MAPH exemplifies.
 
Jennifer Harris
Jennifer Harris
MAPH'02
Development and Communications Consultant
Jennifer Harris currently works as a development and communications consultant for non-profit organizations. During her MAPH year, Jennifer focused on gender studies. After MAPH, Jennifer worked at the Chicago Humanities Festival and taught at Roosevelt University and East West University before starting a career in non-profit development. Jennifer understands the humanistic training she gained in MAPH to be the cornerstone of her work in development.
 
Mitch Marr
Mitch Marr
MAPH'10
Assistant Director of Arts Communications
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago
Mitch Marr is the Assistant Director of Arts Communications at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, a multidisciplinary home for arts practice, presentation, and scholarship at the University of Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, Mitch was the director of a social justice nonprofit organization focused on systemic change through education, organizing, and legislative action. Seeking both a career and life change, Mitch enrolled in MAPH to reengage his scholarly interests and pivot to the arts and culture sector (from the start, he was not PhD track). After studying public sphere theory, queer theory, and cultural policy during MAPH, Mitch worked variously in politics, grant writing, fundraising, and project management before joining the Logan Center staff full time. Mitch credits his transition to the arts world, as well as the productivity of the winding path to it, to skills sharpened in MAPH.
 
Peter Nurre
Peter Nurre
MAPH'10
English Faculty
Strake Jesuit College Prepatory
Peter Nurre completed MAPH in 2010 and is now in his fourth year teaching English at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, TX. He teaches two sections of English 1 (Introduction to Literature) and two sections of English 2 (American Literature). He also serves as English Department Chair, guiding curriculum and instruction, sits on two faculty committees for professional development, acts as an assistant coach for the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, and drinks a lot of watery but free coffee. Although he had worked in a similar school prior to MAPH, Peter credits his experience at UChicago with teaching him how to handle the unpredictability and stress that naturally accompany dealing with adolescents on a daily basis. MAPH also gave him a greater foundation in literary studies, which allows him prepare my students for the expectations and trends in post-secondary education. Many of the concepts, terms, and analytical skills taught in the MAPH program are both applicable to the college prep classroom and accessible to.
 
Anna Piepmeyer
Anna Piepmeyer
MAPH'07
Director of Education
Open Books
Anna Piepmeyer currently serves as the Director of Education for Open Books, a Chicago based literacy-nonprofit. In her role, Anna has the opportunity to work with thousands of students and teachers from across the city, and she hopes to dedicate her career to helping under-served schools and communities thrive. MAPH taught Anna the importance of an inquisitive mind, and she brings that curiosity to all of her classrooms in the hope of helping young people find personal truth in literature.
 
Michael Washburn
Michael Washburn
MAPH'02
Writer and Director of Programs
New York Council for the Humanities
Since finishing MAPH in 2002, Michael Washburn has worked in the public humanities, curating programs designed to facilitate public discourse on politics, history, music, and literature. He is currently the director of programs at the New York Council for the Humanities. Immediately prior to joining the Council, he was interim director of the Office of Public Programs at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he also worked as the assistant director of the Graduate Center's Center for the Humanities. While still living in Chicago he worked at the Illinois Humanities Council and UChicago's Cultural Policy Center. In addition to his public humanities work, Michael has maintained a parallel career as a writer. His journalism, criticism, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, NPR, Bookforum, The Washington Post, and many others. Michael has been a guest speaker at NYU, UChicago, and several CUNY campuses, and during the spring 2015 semester he will be teaching at both Hunter College and NYU.
 
Breahna Wilson
Breahna Wilson
MAPH'13
Client Associate
Laird Norton Wealth Management
In some ways, Breahna was an unconventional MAPH student, as her undergraduate degree is in Economics and her academic and professional interests were geared towards bringing together her passion for economics and her passion for the humanities. She enrolled in the Cultural Policy Option and completed a thesis about the role of arts education in education policy. Going into MAPH, her goal was to integrate theory and practice through the use of inclusive leadership. Coming out of MAPH, she says that she has started to chip away at this task and can't wait to further it. She recently started a job at Laird Norton Wealth Management as a Client Associate. Her job duties include: creating custom reports, financial analysis and managing daily transactions (a nice blend of practice and theory).