MCLA Professor Jenna Sciuto Named a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar

NORTH ADAMS, MA—Dr. Jenna Grace Sciuto, a professor in the English/Communications department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 summer seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Sciuto will participate in an institute titled “José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century.”  The four-week program will be held at The University of Tampa in Florida and directed by the Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate. Thirty teachers were selected to participate in the program. 

The approximately 222 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach more than 29,000 American students the following year.  

Sciuto’s research and teaching focus on Global Anglophone and Global South Literatures, African American and African Diasporic Literatures, and Postcolonial Theory. Her current book project, under contract with the University Press of Mississippi, examines literary representations of sexual policing of the color line across spaces with distinct colonial histories: Mississippi, Louisiana, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.  She has presented at a number of conferences, including the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, the American Literature Association Conference, and the Modern Language Association Convention. 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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