Imagining America is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design. Public scholarship joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence.

It includes:

  • Scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners
  • Intellectual work that produces a public good
  • Artistic, critical and historical work that contributes to public debates
  • Efforts to expand the place of public scholarship in higher education itself, including the development of new programs and research on the successes of such efforts.

Public scholarship in the arts and humanities integrates all the missions of higher education: research, teaching, service, and public engagement. Current projects include the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship, the Curriculum Project, and Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE).


PAGE Fellows

Fourteen graduate students from across the country with a demonstrated commitment to publicly engaged scholarship and artistic practice have been selected as Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows, a yearlong program ofImagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA). PAGE Fellows receive a travel stipend to attend IA’s annual national conference, where they participate in a special half-day pre-conference summit organized by PAGE senior associates, alumni of the program. They also design and facilitate their own conference session to give all conference attendees insights into the issues facing graduate students and early-career scholars. Throughout the year, the PAGE Fellows pursue opportunities for collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects that align with IA’s national priorities.

USC PAGE Fellows

“We have selected an incredible group of graduate students who link their on-the-ground work to issues of equity, engagement, and justice in higher education – all core to IA’s mission,” says Adam Bush, national PAGE director and doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California.

The 2012-2013 USC PAGE Fellows:

  •  Janeane Anderson, Ph.D. student in Communication, University of Southern California
  • Priscilla Leiva, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

The 2011-2012 USC PAGE Fellows:

For more information on past PAGE fellows, or information on applying to be a 2013-2014 PAGE Fellow, visit

Contact Us

George Sanchez

Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and History


University of Southern California

3620 South Vermont Avenue

Kaprielian Hall 462

Los Angeles, California 90089-2534