As Program Officer at the Office of Challenge Programs, Will Fenton administers the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking and Digital Infrastructure programs. Prior to joining the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fenton served as Director of Research and Public Programs at the Library Company of Philadelphia. He earned his Ph.D. in English at Fordham University, specializing in early American literature and the digital humanities.
Fenton has developed several signficant digital humanities projects, including the online research guide Diaries Held at the American Philosophical Society, the digital exhibit Americanization: Then and Now, and Digital Paxton, a scholarly edition, digital collection, and teaching platform devoted to the 1763 Paxton massacres and ensuing pamphlet war. In his most recent project, Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga, he collaborated with a Native American artist, author, publisher, and printer to develop an educational graphic novel and public art exhibition that foregrounds the experience of Lenape victims, survivors, and kin from that tragedy. The project was awarded a 2021 Leadership in History Award by the American Association for State and Local History.