College of Liberal Arts

Humanities Research Award

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Congratulations to 2016-2017 award recipients! Information on the next competition will be available in spring 2017.


The Humanities Research Award was established in 2009 by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts to support faculty in their efforts to bring an in-progress research project in the humanities to completion. Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts whose work falls within the disciplines of the humanities are eligible to apply. Awardees receive $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000.

Each spring recipients share their work at the Humanities Research Award Symposium.


Watch our 2013 HRA recipients speak about their work.


Profiles of 2011 Humanities Research Award recipients:

Benjamin Brower Provides New Perspective on Islam and Secularism

Kirsten Cather Researches Scripted Suicide in Modern Japan

Huaiyin Li Provides Perspective on China’s Economic Rise

Lynn Wilkinson Presents: "A Field of their Own: Nineteenth-Century Women Intellectuals"

Kit Belgum Presents: "Popularizing the World in the Nineteenth Century: Karl Andree’s Globus"


Erika Bsumek, 2010 recipient of the Humanities Research Award, on "The Concrete West"

John Hartigan, 2010 recipient of the Humanities Research Award, on "The Roots of Racial Thinking"

Janine Barchas, 2010 recipient of the Humanities Research Award, on "Jane Austen's Lasting Legacy"