Humanities Research

  • Ritger examines role of literature in the birth of modern punishment

    Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019
    by The Office of Communications

    Whether and how to incorporate rehabilitation into incarceration is an issue that society has grappled with for centuries and still struggles with today. In his dissertation, graduate student Matthew Ritger is looking at an unexpected source to study the period when the concept first began to emerge.

  • New ideas in the humanities awarded Dean for Research funding

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
    The translation into English of a major work of African literature and an exploration into the lives of writers and artists through their book-borrowing habits in 1920-30s Paris have been chosen to receive support from the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.
  • Beth Lew-Williams receives two book awards from the Organization of American Historians

    Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
    by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications

    Beth Lew-Williams, assistant professor of history at Princeton, has received two awards from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for her latest book, “The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America” (Harvard University Press, 2018).

    Lew-Williams, a Princeton faculty member since 2014, is a historian of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history. 

  • Improvised dance embodies complexities of social decisions

    Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    A work of art evolves from a series of decisions, as an artist combines brushstrokes, dance steps or musical notes to convey a feeling or idea. When a group of interacting dancers improvises a performance from a repertoire of possible movements, the dynamics of the artistic decisions become even more complex.

  • Project to collect real portraits of American life

    Monday, Feb 4, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Today, only half of children grow up to earn more than their parents, as opportunities for upward mobility continue to decline. Meanwhile, more than 15 percent of children live in poverty.

    Understanding what is behind these problems has been a challenge, as each pocket of the United States faces particular struggles. The American Voices Project will make it possible to take these local differences into account.

  • Treasure in ancient trash: Learning about Japan's history through metals waste

    Friday, Dec 28, 2018
    by Kevin McElwee for the Office of the Dean for Research

    Thomas Conlan fiddled with a strange, brownish-black rock on his desk. For centuries, people had considered the piece of rubble worthless, but it is priceless to Conlan’s research.

    The lumpy rock is a sample of slag, the material left over after heating ore to extract valuable metals. With researchers from art, engineering and materials science, Conlan is exploring whether these discarded scraps can fill gaps in early Japanese history.


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