NEHC Announces 2020 Seed Grant Awardees

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Requests for Proposals. These are competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium.

Curation at a Distance

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Principal Investigator

Lisa Crossman 
Curator, Mead Art Museum
Amherst College

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Dina Deitsch
Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries
Tufts University

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David E. Little
Chief Curator, Mead Art Museum
Amherst College

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Diana Tuite
Curator, Colby College Museum of Art
Colby College

Shade: Labor Diasporas, Tobacco, Mobility, and the Urban Nexus

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Co-Principal Investigator

Jason Oliver Chang 
Associate Professor, History & Asian and Asian American Studies
University of Connecticut

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Co-Principal Investigator

Fiona Vernal
Associate Professor, History & Africana Studies
University of Connecticut

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Jorell Meléndez-Badillo
Assistant Professor, History
Dartmouth College

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Sony Coranez Bolton
Assistant Professor Latinx and Latin American Studies
Amherst College

Undisciplining Performance

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Co-Principal Investigator

Lilian Mengesha 
Fletcher Foundation Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature
Tufts University

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Co-Principal Investigator

AB Brown 
Assistant Professor of Contemporary Performance
Colby College

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Co-Principal Investigator

Kareem Khubchandani 
Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies
Tufts University

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Co-Principal Investigator

Christine Mok 
Assistant Professor, Department of English
University of Rhode Island

Journal of a Plague Year

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Co-Principal Investigator

Victoria Cain 
Associate Professor, History
Northeastern University

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Co-Principal Investigator

Natalie Valdez 
Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Wellesley College

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Hilary Moss 
Professor of History and Black Studies
Amherst College

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Kristen V. Luschen 
Lewis-Sebring Visiting Professor of Education Studies
Amherst College

Maintaining Accessibility and Developing Resources for Keeping It 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion Podcast

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Principal Investigator

Ilyse Morgenstein-Fuerst 
Associate Professor of Religion and Associate Director, Humanities Center
University of Vermont

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Megan P. Goodwin 
Director for Sacred Writes and Visiting Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion Department
Northeastern University

Public Memory, Place, and Belonging: Unearthing the Hidden History of the Native and African American Presence on Block Island

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Co-Principal Investigator

Amelia Moore 
Professor of Sustainable Coastal Tourism and Recreation
University of Rhode Island

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Co-Principal Investigator

Jessica M. Frazier 
Assistant Professor, Departments of History and Marine Affairs, and the Gender & Women's Studies Program
University of Rhode Island

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Co-Principal Investigator

Kevin McBride 
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Connecticut

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Kendall Moore 
Professor, Harrington School of Communication and Media
University of Rhode Island

Reactivating and Reshaping Humanities Communities: Collaborative Humanistic Inquiry inNineteenth-Century Britain and Today

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Co-Principal Investigator

Christie Harner 
Lecturer in Department of English and Creative Writing
Dartmouth College

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Co-Principal Investigator

Winter Jade Werner 
Assistant Professor of English
Wheaton College

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Sarah Alexander 
Associate Professor, Department of English
University of Vermont

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Carolyn Betensky 
Professor, Department of English
University of Rhode Island

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Patricia Burdick 
Assistant Director for Special Collections
Colby College

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Carolyn Dever 
Professor, Department of English
Dartmouth College

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Hilary Moss 
Professor of History and Black Studies
Amherst College

UCHI Awarded Luce Foundation Grant for “Seeing Truth” Exhibits

Seeing Truth Feature ImageThe University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) is proud to be the recipient of a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the programming of an exhibition entitled ““Seeing Truth: Art, Science, and Making Knowledge (1750-2023).” This exhibition will be presented at the William Benton Museum of Art during the 2023 academic year in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History. UConn President Thomas C. Katsouleas made the announcement at the reception marking the 19th season of UCHI’s fellowships. The grant, whose principle investigator is UCHI Director of Academic Affairs, Alexis Boylan, will bring together various scientific, cultural, and educational artifacts to challenge our notions and ideas of what counts as a “scientific” object or a work of “art.” Seeing Truth is one part of UCHI’s larger upcoming initiative entitled The Future of Truth. To learn more about Seeing Truth, visit a UConn Today article on the grant.

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Apply Now for Faculty of Color Working Group Inaugural Symposium

New England Humanities Consortium is thrilled to announce the Mellon-funded, Faculty of Color Working Group Symposium on May 10, 2019, at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation and New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), The recently formed Faculty of Color Working Group (FCWG) invites applications for a one-day, inaugural symposium at Wheaton College, MA, on May 10, 2019.

The climate of race, gender, sexuality, and class-based inhumanity in the United States and abroad disproportionately affects communities of color in their work lives, social relations, and health. In academe, despite the professional status achieved by people of color, these politics often play a significant role in their professional development opportunities (or lack thereof), job security, compensation, working environment, and health.

To respond to these issues and challenges, the Faculty of Color Working Group, part of the Mellon-funded New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), currently invites applicants for the FCWG’s first symposium. We believe it will promote supportive professional networks and create cross-disciplinary mentorship opportunities.

This one-day symposium will feature multiple opportunities to participate in an array of interactive and networking sessions, including:

  1. Navigating Tenure and Promotion Processes
  2. Publishing Strategies including Public, Engaged, or Applied Scholarship
  3. Negotiating Institutional Politics
  4. Negotiating Demands Across the Academic Life Course
  5. Administrative Career Paths
  6. Networking and Mentoring Strategies
  7. Excellence in Teaching Practice

Confirmed Speakers include:

Courtney Berger Duke U Press
Crystal Williams Boston University
Pawan Dhingra Amherst College
Floyd Cheung Smith College
Renee White Wheaton College
Patricia Matthew Montclair State University

Please note that space will be limited to ensure a high level of interaction among all participants.


Symposium fellows will receive a $350 stipend to defray individual costs of travel. Lodging and most meals are provided. The symposium is open to faculty of all ranks.


Interested individuals should submit a brief letter of application outlining what the applicant hopes to gain by attending the workshop as well as a 2 to 3-page, abbreviated Curriculum Vitae.  Please submit your materials at: by April 2, 2019. To ensure proper receipt of your application you must put “FCWG SYMPOSIUM” in the subject line of your email. All fellows will be asked to complete a questionnaire relevant to planning the symposium and for identifying specific FCWG priorities moving forward. Please distribute this call widely to appropriate potential applicants and feel free to direct inquiries to Cathy Schlund-Vials ( and Melina Pappademos (

2019 Call for Proposals of the Thomas Jefferson Fund

The 2019 Call for Proposals of the Thomas Jefferson Fund is open until March 5, 2019 | 12:00pm (midday) EST.

This program, launched by the Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE Foundation, aims to encourage and support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and foster forward-looking collaborative research projects.

Each selected French-American project will receive up to $20,000 over a period of two years.

Applications are accepted in the three following fields: Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Science for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-HSS projects).

In support of the Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron in June 2017, the Thomas Jefferson Fund is offering additional grants this year for research projects related to Earth System Science, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Energy Transition.

Interested parties are invited to get more information and to apply here:

Announcing the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the ninth competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. In 2019, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at participating nonprofits and government agencies. This career-launching initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The fellowship carries a stipend of $68,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds.

This year, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:

  1. Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA) – Community Engagement & Audience Development Manager
  2. American Public Media (St. Paul, MN) – Senior Research Analyst
  3. Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY) – Communications Project Manager
  4. Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL) – Program Manager
  5. Citizens Committee for the Children of New York (New York, NY) – Policy & Budget Analyst
  6. Committee to Protect Journalists (New York, NY) – Research Manager
  7. Community Change (Washington, DC) – Policy Advisor
  8. Data & Society Research Institute (New York, NY) – Editor
  9. The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington, DC) – Program Officer
  10. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT) – Grants Manager
  11. Library of America (New York, NY) – Outreach Programs Manager
  12. National Conference of State Legislatures (Denver, CO) – Legislative Policy Specialist
  13. National Low Income Housing Coalition (Washington, DC) – Research Analyst
  14. Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, DC) – Campaign Advocate, Latin America Project
  15. PEN America (New York, NY) – Festival Programs Manager
  16. Public Books (New York, NY) – Associate Editor
  17. Rare (Arlington, VA) – Community Engagement Manager
  18. Reinvestment Fund (Philadelphia, PA) – Policy Analyst
  19. Seattle Office for Civil Rights (Seattle, WA) – Senior Researcher
  20. San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst
  21. World Justice Project (Washington, DC) – Program Manager

Applicants to the Public Fellows program must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2015 and June 21, 2019 and possess US citizenship or permanent resident status. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 5, 2019.

Further information about the application process and this year’s positions is available at Please do not contact any of the host organizations directly. All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system ( by 9 pm EDT on March 13, 2019.

NEHC Announces Seed Grant Opportunity for Humanities Research

New England Humanities Consortium

Requests for Proposals

Guidelines and Application

NEHC Mission and Overview

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) promotes and strengthens intellectual collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovative educational, intercultural, and curricular programming among New England Humanities centers and institutes, and the faculty, students, and regional, national, and global communities they serve. NEHC includes: Amherst College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. The Humanities Institute of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut is the executive and administrative hub of the NEHC through 2020.

Award Description

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is offering competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium. Awards of up to $9,500 will be made. (For projects whose budgets exceed $9500 applicants must list additional committed funding sources and amounts.)  Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically involve, e.g. direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active and solicitation of faculty, staff, or students exclusively from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution. Potential areas of funding interest include the following (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Collaborative research projects
  • Summer Seminars
  • Study or Working groups
  • Shared Speakers
  • Collaborative course design
  • Exhibitions

Please submit materials electronically in pdf or Word docx to YOUR HUMANITIES CENTER or INSTITUTE DIRECTOR BY MARCH 25, 2019. (They will then pass along the proposal to the NEHC board.)

Application Procedure and Timeline

Awards are made in April and October of each year.

Applying for the NEHC RFP requires the following:

  1. Cover page (1 page) stating
  • Title of the project
  • Name, department/program/school location, and NEHC school representation of PI(s)
  • Requested NEHC funding amount (Awards of up to $9500)
  1. Project narrative (2 pages, single spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt font) detailing the
  • Goals of the project
  • How those goals address those of NEHC.
  • Plans for involving NEHC member institutions and which institutions in particular will be involved
  • How those goals will be pursued
  • Names and roles of participants
  • Expected outcomes and/or deliverables
  • Plans for seeking external funding if any
  • Project timeline describing completion of project goals and outcomes
  1. CV (2 page) of Principal Investigator(s)
  2. Budget and Award Period:
  • Total budget.  (For projects whose budgets exceed $9500, please list additional committed funding sources and amounts, as indicated by an attached letter of support.)
  • The award period will typically not exceed one (1) calendar year and should be stated in the application timeline.
  • The awardees will be required to submit a detailed summary of the project at the end of their funding term.
  • Please note in budgeting no indirects are permitted.

Reporting Requirements

All PIs will be required to submit a two-page report no more than (1) month after the end of the award period as specified in the award letter. The report should detail and substantiate progress on the following elements of the project:

  • The extent to which project goals have been met
  • Specific indicators or signs of success
  • Outcomes and/or deliverables achieved
  • Number of NEHC member institutions (and faculty/students) involved

Questions and requests for more information are encouraged and should be directed to

Revised: 4/17/2019

NEHC Wraps up its First Semester

Alexis Boylan, associate director of NEHC, has written a summary of NEHC’s first semester as an organization:

It has been an amazing first few months for NEHC. The Mellon Foundation allowed us to come out of the gate running with their generous award of $100,000. This funding supported two crucial pilot programs that kicked-off this fall. The first, is a program for schools to share visiting scholars. Our first speaker was Professor Kate Manne, who travelled from Amherst College to UConn, and finally Wellesley College for a week in early October. Her talks and presentations lit a fire across the three schools and proved the value of this kind of progressive intellectual exchange. Our next speaker will be Professor Mark Rifkin, coming the first week in March 2019. We are already working on plans to expand his voice beyond the three schools while he visits New England.

The second pilot program that kicked off this term is the Faculty of Color Working Group. This group will create outreach, mentoring, and support for the diverse faculty at NEHC schools. Organized and coordinated by Professor Melina Pappademos and Cathy Schlund-Vials the executive committee has met and a large conference is being planned for the Spring 2019. Stay-tuned for more on that event.

Finally, NEHC is planning to announce a call for proposals for its first round of seed-funded support grants for cross-NEHC collaborative projects. This is truly exciting for all of us as it marks another tangible move to creating strong and sustainable networks of scholarships across the region.

It has been a big year, and we are just getting started. Stayed tuned to our webpage, twitter, and facebook, for opportunities, news, and general humanities information. We are excited about the strength and voice we have together to promote humanities scholarship and activism.

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