Humanities Research

Historian Corinna Zeltsman awarded NEH grant
March 23, 2023
Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
'Let the archive tell you what the story is’
March 3, 2023
Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Autumn Womack was not a big reader growing up. But she was assigned a book for English her junior year at Central High School in Philadelphia that she couldn’t put down. She read it after school, waiting for her best friend to finish her piano lessons at Settlement Music School. She read it every night before bed. It was Toni Morrison’s “Song…

‘Felon: An American Washi Tale' theater project explores contemporary injustices
Feb. 23, 2023
Written by by the Lewis Center for the Arts

Alone in solitary confinement as a teenager, Reginald Dwayne Betts called out to the other men being held in solitary: “Somebody, send me a book!” Moments later, Dudley Randall’s “The Black Poets” slid under his cell door.

Those pages started Betts’ transformation into a poet, lawyer and advocate for the rights of prisoners. Betts is…

Gene Jarrett takes us back to the Gilded Age in his new biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Oct. 28, 2022
Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Gene Jarrett, Princeton’s dean of the faculty and the William S. Tod Professor of English, has taught students about Paul Laurence Dunbar for two decades and published book articles and chapters on the popular and accomplished writer. But it wasn’t until 2008 that Jarrett decided to tackle a biography of Dunbar, who rose to prominence in the…

Simon Gikandi and Chika Okeke-Agulu recognized by British Academy for their contribution to the humanities
Aug. 3, 2022
Written by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

Simon Gikandi, the Robert Schirmer Professor of English and chair of the Department of English, and Chika Okeke-Agulu, professor of art and archaeology and African American studies and director of the Program in African Studies, have been elected corresponding fellows of the British Academy, in…

Scientific field research and the arts come together in a Princeton course using motion-capture cameras to record campus wildlife
July 15, 2022
Written by Steven Runk, Lewis Center for the Arts

What does it mean to always be watching? Do animals deserve the right of privacy? Students in the Princeton University course “The Visible Wild” asked themselves these questions and more this spring as they explored wildlife habitats on and near campus.

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Princeton's Mellon Fellows are bringing fresh perspectives to research and teaching in architecture, urbanism and the humanities
April 6, 2022
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
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
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
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…