Public Scholarship

Public scholarship refers to diverse modes of creating and circulating knowledge for and with publics and communities. It often involves mutually-beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sectors.

Its ethics and values hold central:

  • Relationship-building, reciprocity, and mutual benefit
  • Participation, transparency, and reflection
  • Innovation, integration, and dialogue
  • Cultural diversity and social equality

In coming to these forms of “applied” scholarship, humanities scholars have emphasized the way that culture in its many forms mediates interactions, development, and knowledge.

Publicly-engaged scholarship yields diverse artifacts, informing knowledge in multiple domains

  • Policy and planning recommendations
  • Museum exhibitions and public performances
  • New curricula for courses or workshops
  • Books and journal articles

As consequence, public scholarship also yields new connections among disciplines, communities, and sectors. 

Join our Public Scholars email list for period news and announcements of Public Humanities Scholarship-related events, calls for papers, fellowships, internships, and other initiatives.

Current Public Humanities Programs and Projects

  • Certificate in Public Scholarship provides graduate students an opportunity to integrate their scholarly and social commitments in the context of their intellectual and professional development. The Certificate in Public Scholarship grows out of the Institute on the Public Humanities for Doctoral Students (2003-2008).
  • Grantmaking -   Public Scholarship awards support humanities-based research, teaching, and engagement projects that promote dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between UW scholars and the greater Seattle community.

Read more about the development of the Certificate Program in the Public Scholarship Archive.