Phoebe Stein, PhD Executive Director, Maryland Humanities
Phoebe Stein joined Maryland Humanities as Executive Director in July 2008 and directs its programming, grant making, marketing, fundraising, and governance efforts. An educational nonprofit organization, Maryland Humanities brings nearly 1,400 free public humanities events to communities across the state annually through partnerships with over five hundred educational, cultural, civic, business, and government organizations. Nearly 800,000 Marylanders experience Maryland Humanities programs each year.
In 2016, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Stein helped to develop Maryland Humanities’ Humanities Fund for Baltimore, a special grant program for nonprofits serving Baltimore communities, and Baltimore Stories, a partnership with the University of Maryland Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy. Both programs use the humanities to respond to, examine the roots of, and shed light on the unrest in Baltimore City that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
Stein earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan and her MA and PhD in English from Loyola University of Chicago. She is the host of Humanities Connection, a weekly program on WYPR-NPR. In addition to a number of articles about modern American literature, Stein most recently published “Gertrude Stein’s Wars I Have Seen,” a chapter in the book Primary Stein (Rowman and Littlefield 2014). She lives in Baltimore with her husband Rafael Alvarez, an author and journalist.