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For Graduate Students


The Public Humanities Initiative facilitates a path to public engagement and publication for Stanford graduate students interested in writing about the arts and humanities for a wide popular audience. We prepare students to publish both scholarly articles for the academic community and compelling commentary for the general reader, in nonfiction forms including but not limited to cultural criticism, op-eds, magazine reportage, popular history and science, first-person essays, blogs, podcasts, or articles for university media including the Stanford News Service and Stanford Report. 

As a new generation interprets our culture through digital media as well as print, and as Stanford scholars contribute actively to that conversation, the PHI produces graduate student authors who are equipped and excited to publish a wide range of writing in both old and new media.

In this effort to introduce young thinkers to the rich tradition of public writing, and to provide them with a broad and dynamic view of their career possibilities, the PHI offers graduate students across disciplines the following opportunities:

  • Pitching and Publishing in Popular Media, a one-unit spring-quarter course on freelance humanities writing, taught by Associate Director for Student Programs Laura Goode. 
  • Advanced Pitching and Publishing, a one-unit, application-only summer intensive for graduate students at work on popular book-length projects.
  • A variety of opportunities for hands-on apprentice experiences in humanities news writing, mentored by Stanford staff and faculty. 
  • What Is A Public Intellectual Today? is the flagship event series of the Public Humanities Initiative. Three times per academic year, WAPIT hosts public interviews with acclaimed intellectuals within and beyond Stanford who represent a variety of career stages and areas of humanistic focus. These events explore the writing process, make acclaimed authors available for questions and dialogue, and provide accessible insights to help all writers improve our craft.
  • An ongoing database of publications by students and recent graduates, intended both to celebrate that work and to provide a resource of editorial connections for other emerging authors in the Stanford community. 

For any questions, please email Laura Goode,  Associate Director for Student Programs, at legoode [at] (legoode[at]stanford[dot]edu)