Humanities Institute Supported Projects

Research Grants

  • Why John Locke’s Mistakes Mattered: How Experience Came to Trump Theory in American Politics, 1787-1832, Claire Arcenas, Assistant Professor of History
  • Discovering Ancient Maya Political Changes in the Belize Valley through Ceramic Sourcing, John Douglas, Professor of Anthropology
  • James Boswell's Tour in Italy, Corsica, and France, John Eglin, Professor of History
  • The French Revolution and International Law: A New Paradigm, Linda Frey, Professor of History
  • The Resurgence of the Wild in the Anthropocene, Christopher Preston, Professor of Philosophy
  • Devout Demonstrators: Sacred Actions in Social Protest Movements, Tobin Shearer, Associate Professor of History; Director of African-American Studies
  • Montana Workshop in Sinosphere Literature, Brian Dowdle, Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature and Eric Schluessel, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

UM Faculty Research Projects supported by the Humanities Institute

Irene Appelbaum, Assoc. Professor, Anthropology (Linguistics): Grammar and Discourse in Kutenai Tales

Hiltrud Arens, Professor, MCLL (German): Of Animals and Humans in Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear

Leora Bar-el, Assoc. Professor, Anthropology (Linguistics): The Dialects of Butte, Montana

David Beck, Professor, Native American Studies: ‘Bribed with our own Money’: Federal Misuse of Tribal Funds

Abhishek Chatterjee, Asst. Professor, Political Science: Property Rights in Colonial India

John Eglin, Professor, History: Commercial Gaming in 18th Century England

Valerie Hedquist, Professor, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing Arts: Artists as Prodigals and Wives as Prostitutes: Playing Roles in High Life Portraiture

Anya Jabour, Professor, History: NEH Summer Institute on “Suffrage in the Americas”

Emilie LeBel, Asst. Professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts: Women Buddhist Esoterics in Art Song: A Song Cycle for Soprano and Electric Guitar

Clary Loisel, Professor, MCLL (Spanish): Gender Construction in Twentieth-Century Portuguese Literature

Quan Manh Ha, Assoc. Professor, English: Vietnamese Short Stories about the Vietnam War: A Translation and Anthology

Tobin Shearer, Assoc. Professor, History (African American Studies): Prayerful Protest: The Use of Religious Resources in Anti-Abortion Protests

Ruth Vanita, Professor, Global Humanities and Religions: Urdu Poetry of Sa’adat Yar Khan and Insha Allah Khan: A Translation and Scholarly Edition

Summerfield Baldridge Book Subvention Grants

The Baldridge Book Subvention Fund supports the publishing of scholarly books by H&S faculty in the areas of African American Studies, Economics, English, History, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Modern and Classical Languages & Literatures, Native American Studies, Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This fund is meant to support costs that an author may be obligated to pay to a publisher in order to accomplish production. Examples of such costs include photograph reproductions, translations and indexing.

Recipients of the Baldridge Book Subvention Grant for Humanities Publications

Professor Anya Jabour, Department of History

Sophonisba Breckinridge and Women's Activism in Modern America (University of Illinois Press: forthcoming)

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)

Richard Drake Award for Student Writing

The Richard Drake Writing Award honors excellence in writing in the humanities in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and is awarded to one undergraduate and one graduate student per year. Papers focusing on history, literature, philosophy, religion, politics and the classics are considered. Papers are judged on the basis of excellence in writing, imagination in research, and force of argument.

Student Award Winners


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


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