Mary Macklem

Senior Program Officer

(202) 606-8276


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Mary Macklem is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Research at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a PhD in music from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA (with Distinction) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (music and Italian). At NEH, Mary works with several grant programs in the Division of Research, including the Awards for Faculty programs, which support humanities research for individual scholars affiliated with Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. For the last several years, she has served as an NEH agency representative to the White House Initiative on HBCUS interagency working group and also participates in the NEH HBCU working group and the NEH Native American working group. Her dissertation was titled “Reforming Opera and Its Public in Early Modern Venice,” a study of literary debates, theatrical culture, and operatic performance in Venice between 1680 and 1720. Prior to joining NEH in 2013, she taught music appreciation and music history for more than a decade at several institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Central Florida, the George Washington University, and the University of Maryland at College Park.