Melvin Barnes Jr.

Program Officer, Ohio Humanities

Melvin Barnes Jr. is a teacher-scholar specializing in East Asian, Transnational, and African American history. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Currently, he works as a program officer for the Ohio Humanities. 

"I firmly believe that humanities programs can lead students to personally fulfilling and viable professional careers that benefit the global community. In carrying this belief, I was drawn to GradFUTURES's vision of broadening the reach and impact of academic training. 

In earning my doctorate, I learned that graduate school is never easy. I faced many challenges and a great deal of anxiety about the future. However, the skills I developed in graduate school have served me well on the academic and non-academic job markets."