Julia Renaud brings a professional, academic, and personal passion for the public humanities to her work at the Council. In supporting the Council’s grantmaking activities as the Grantmaking Program Coordinator, she is thrilled to support the diverse multitude of humanities projects enriching communities all over Rhode Island.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Julia holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in American History and Literature with a minor in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard, and received her Masters degree in 2019 from Brown’s Public Humanities program. While in graduate school, Julia focused on collaboratively researching, interpreting and amplifying under-represented and contested histories, work that she continues in her public humanities practice focused on the history of slavery and race in Rhode Island.
Julia has an extensive background as a project manager and administrator in the arts, humanities, and higher education. She previously served as an archivist at the Calder Foundation in New York, and also spent time at the American Repertory Theater, Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and D. E. Shaw Research. Since arriving in Rhode Island, Julia has worked with the Center for Reconciliation, Dirt Palace Public Projects, Brown Arts Initiative, and the Rhode Island State House Restoration Committee.
Recently certified as a yoga instructor, Julia enjoys karaoke and historical tourism.