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Chris Clements

Grant Writer
Hometown: Roxbury, NJ

Pronouns: he / him / his

Chris brings his passion for social justice and experience in fundraising to Elevate after coming from the world of higher education. After earning his Ph.D. in US History and Native American Studies from Indiana University in 2016, Chris taught and wrote as a faculty member at Harvard University until 2021. In that time, he published historical writing on race and racism in modern America with an eye to police bias and the development of mass incarceration. He taught courses on Native American history, social movements, race, gender, and sexuality. His teaching duties also included teaching poetry and fiction. Throughout his time in higher education, he earned several competitive grants and fellowships and honed his skills as a grant writer.

Chris has a wealth of volunteer and organizing experience. This has included campus anti-war and pro-democracy organizing as an undergraduate, delivering free breakfast to kids in Bloomington, Indiana, volunteering as a faculty ally with Native American student groups, joining water protectors at Standing Rock, and organizing to protect DACA recipients at Harvard. Before relocating to the midwest for graduate school, Chris earned his BA in History from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Before relocating to the midwest for graduate school, Chris earned his BA in History from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Chris loves spending time with his partner, Devon, and his senior dog, Lucy, when he’s off the clock. You’re also likely to find him cooking, playing music, and reading fiction.

What is your hidden talent?

I play the guitar!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

When I'm writing, I'm a period. I love short, compact sentences. When I'm talking, I'm a semicolon. Just when I think I'm done with an idea, I usually have to add a little extra; there's just always more to say!

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Too many em dashes!

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

It depends on the season! Options include: beach day, playing music, cooking an elaborate meal, and/or hiking with dog in the woods.

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