Postdoctoral Fellowships Can Be a Bridge to Nonacademic Careers
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.