New CHCI Staff at UW-Madison

The transition of CHCI’s operations from Duke University to the University of Wisconsin-Madison initiated earlier this year reached a milestone on September 1st, with the addition of new CHCI staff that began work at UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.

Guillaume Ratel joins CHCI as Director of Programs, a new position designed to manage and oversee CHCI’s many projects and programs. Guillaume comes to CHCI most immediately from having worked as a Program Manager at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Before that, he wrote a Ph.D. dissertation in History at Cornell University, his researched focused on legal practices in early-modern French courts. Guillaume also has a Diplôme d’Archiviste Paléographe from the École nationale des chartes in Paris and an M.A. in History from the Sorbonne. While at Cornell, Guillaume served as the Assistant Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, during which he created Meridian 180, a multilingual online forum for scholars, students, and policy makers in the Pacific Rim region. Guillaume also has extensive experience as a translator. Guillaume’s email is:

Craig Eley joins CHCI as Communications Manager, and will focus on social media and the web, meeting coordination, and membership. Most recently, he was a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship at Wisconsin Public Radio. In his fellowship, Craig worked as the Digital Producer at To the Best of Our Knowledge, a nationally syndicated program featuring interviews with leading scholars and artists. Craig received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he undertook historical work in sound studies and the environmental humanities. In addition to his position here, he is also overseeing public humanities projects at the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. Craig has previously been a graduate fellow at the Obermann Center at the University of Iowa and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State. His email is

In the meantime, Sylvia Miller continues to work from the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University until the end of Spring 2017, with a focus on closing and reporting on current grants from the Mellon Foundation, and sharing her extensive knowledge and experience of CHCI's operations and programs with Guillaume and Craig to help complete the transition from Duke to Madison over the next few months.

Finally, Conal Ho has now left CHCI to join the IRB office at Duke University. Thanks to Conal for all his work as Program Coordinator!