Welcome to the Humanities Institute at the University of Montana

The Humanities Institute signals the University of Montana’s historic commitment to teaching and scholarship in the humanities. The Institute supports individual and collaborative humanistic research across all disciplines, departments and programs at the University of Montana. Led by faculty and structured to benefit student and faculty research, the Humanities Institute brings new and exciting research opportunities to students and faculty studying the humanities at UM. Please visit the About section of this website for more information about the Humanities Institute at the University of Montana.

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce:

The Richard Drake Writing Award for Student Essays in the Humanities
Spring 2018 Award winners:

Undergraduate Student Winner: Ryan Garnsey, "Dostoyevsky:
Definite Circumstances and the Character of an Individual"

Graduate Student Winner: Dwight Curtis, “The Play Within the
Play: Eschaton, Hamlet, and 'Theater-Boundaries' in Infinite Jest”

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce:

The 2017 and 2018 recipients of the
Summerfield Baldridge Book Subvention Grant for Humanities Publications

2018 Baldridge Grant recipient:
Professor Anya Jabour, Department of History: Sophonisba Breckinridge and
Women's Activism in Modern America (University of Illinois Press:

2017 Baldridge Grant recipient:
Associate Professor Jody Pavilack, Department of History: Mining for the
Nation: The Politics of Chile’s Coal Communities from the Popular Front to
the Cold War (Penn State, 2011; Spanish translation: forthcoming).

2018-2019 UM Faculty Research Projects supported by the Humanities Institute

UM campus in late spring

A Special thanks to Lawrence Pettit

The Humanities Institute and the College of Humanities and Sciences express their deepest gratitude to Lawrence Pettit, whose generous gift has supported the Humanities Institute through its successful founding year.


Upcoming UMHI Lectures

“Wildness and the Anthropocene: Notes from Montana"

Professor, Department of Philosophy
Wednesday, February 14, 4-5 pm

"James Boswell in Siena: A Presentation, with Digressions and Interruptions"

Professor, Department of History
Wednesday, May 2, 4-5 pm


Location: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall
These lectures will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.