The staff of F&M's Office of College Grants is very pleased to introduce Emily Seitz as our new assistant director for fellowships and grants in the humanities and social sciences. This half-time position is made possible through F&M's recent receipt of a prestigious Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) grant (Amy Cuhel-Schuckers, Project Director) from the National Institutes of Health.
In this newly created role, Emily will provide targeted support for scholarship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences by assisting F&M faculty in the identification, development, and preparation of fellowship or grant proposals and collaborating with other OCG staff members and partners campuswide in our collective effort to advance humanities resourcing at F&M.
An doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Emily's research focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century medicine and sexuality and the ethics of maternal-fetal medicine in the United States. She is at work on a dissertation titled “What About the Woman?: Managing Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia, 1850–1920,” which explores how the emerging fields of pediatrics and obstetrics altered the boundaries of the maternal-fetal relationship. She has received support for her work from the Society for the Social History of Medicine, the Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections, the Kautz Family YMCA Archives at the University of Minnesota, and the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science. Before returning to graduate school, Emily worked in nonprofit fundraising.
Emily is eager to combine her academic background in the humanities and her professional skills to support faculty scholarship at F&M after joining the OCG staff in Buchanan House on November 27. She looks forward to building strong connections with F&M faculty in what promises to be a high-impact and rewarding role here as we continue to celebrate and embrace the value of the humanities as a core element of liberal education at F&M.