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Postdoctoral Fellowships Can Be a Bridge to Nonacademic Careers

Posted on Jun 26, 2020 by in The OFI Blog |

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) Mellon ACLS Public Fellow, Dr. Nana Kaneko, was featured in an article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, serving as an example of how a Postdoctoral Fellowship can be a bridge to nonacademic careers.

Nana Kaneko says she “knew early on in graduate school that I didn’t want to pursue a traditional post-Ph.D. career of becoming a tenure-track professor.” Her fieldwork in Japan for a Ph.D. in musicology (earned at the University of California at Riverside in 2017) confirmed her interest in “community oriented” work, she said. Now in her second year as a fellow, Kaneko works as a program manager for cultural-disaster analysis at the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. The job is giving her the skills to embark on her chosen career in disaster-related cultural preservation.

You can read the full article here to learn how some young Ph.D.s are adapting and creating fulfilling professional lives for themselves to become drivers of change.