Humanities Research

Princeton's Mellon Fellows are bringing fresh perspectives to research and teaching in architecture, urbanism and the humanities
April 6, 2022
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Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

As the world’s cities grapple with compounding issues of climate change, sustainability, systemic racism, the refugee crisis and more, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities is supporting research, scholarship and teaching focused on real-world solutions and…

Historian and writer Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor awarded a MacArthur Fellowship
Sept. 28, 2021
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Written by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a professor of African American studies at Princeton University, has been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship.

Taylor is among 25 scientists,…

African Digital Humanities Project at Princeton awarded over $600,000 in two NEH grants
Aug. 20, 2021
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Written by Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council

Wendy Laura Belcher, professor of comparative literature and African American studies, has been awarded two major grants, totaling over $600,000, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Both three-year grants will support the Princeton Ethiopian, Eritrean…

Projects that blaze new trails in research will receive Dean for Research Innovation funding
July 21, 2021
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Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Nine exploratory projects, from an effort to exploit inter-microbial warfare in the search for new antibiotics to the development of artificial intelligence for the transcription of ancient documents, have been selected to receive support through the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.

The new initiatives, spanning…

Four Princeton faculty members awarded NEH grants
Dec. 21, 2020
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Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Four Princeton faculty members have received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Alison Isenberg, professor of history, received a $30,000 grant for research and writing “Uprisings: The…

Five scholars join Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Oct. 15, 2020
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Written by The Office of Communications

Five new postdoctoral scholars have joined the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts this fall. The society is an interdisciplinary community of postdoctoral fellows and Princeton faculty members that aims to bring innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching. It offers outstanding young scholars…

Benjamin’s 'Race After Technology' speaks to a growing concern among many of tech bias
May 15, 2020
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Written by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

In her latest book, “Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code,” Ruha Benjamin offers a detailed, critical and sobering view of the ways in which bias is infused into technology.

Since the book’s release in June 2019 by Polity Press, Benjamin, an…

Historian Kruse revisits the legacy of Princeton alumnus and civil rights champion John Doar
Jan. 13, 2020
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Written by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

Given his central role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, John Doar should be a household name.

A graduate of Princeton’s Class of 1944 who served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 1960 to 1967, Doar accompanied James Meredith to register for classes at the University of Mississippi…

'The Torture Letters': Laurence Ralph explores Chicago’s dark history
Jan. 9, 2020
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Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

On a hot day in 2004, Laurence Ralph, recently arrived in Chicago to attend graduate school, stood on the corner of Lawndale Avenue and Cermak Road.

Two young teens, a boy and a girl dressed in white shirts and khaki pants, knelt on the sidewalk while six…

T.S. Eliot letters, among best-known sealed literary archives, open at Princeton after 60 years
Dec. 30, 2019
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Written by Stephanie Ramírez, Princeton University Library

On Jan. 2, 2020, a collection of 1,131 letters from Nobel laureate and renowned writer Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S. Eliot, to his lifelong friend Emily Hale will open for research at Princeton University Library. Dating from 1930 to 1957, the letters are the largest single series of Eliot…