• IHR Book Award and Humanities Faculty Author Reception

    IHR Book Award and Humanities Faculty Author Reception

    Join us October 25th to celebrate ASU Humanities Faculty publications and the IHR Transdisciplinary Book Award Winner, Rebecca J. Kinney and her book "Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier."

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  • Faculty Development Workshop Series

    Faculty Development Workshop Series

    A new IHR event series, these workshops are a resource for faculty in the humanities. They focus on enhancing research practices, assisting in writing for publications, applying for external funding and more.

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  • ASU IHR VHI Grants

    VHI Grants

    Bringing scholars from around the world to ASU for collaborative research projects.

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  • ASU IHR annual report

    View the most recent Annual Report

    Learn more about the IHR's grant programs, events, lectures and awards in our annual report.

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The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University

The Institute for Humanities Research supports scholarship exploring human thought, expression and experience, and addressing many of the central challenges facing all of us. ASU humanities scholars of culture, language, literature, the arts, film, media, history, philosophy and religion work within their disciplines and in collaboration with scientists, social scientists, artists and others to advance research that makes a difference in the world.

Fund your next research project

The IHR's funding programs promote excellence and innovation in humanities scholarship at Arizona State University. The IHR encourages faculty from humanities disciplines, often in partnership with faculty from other fields, to take advantage of funded research opportunities. To further support faculty in the humanities, the IHR, in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has a team of experts to assist faculty in applying for external grants and fellowships.

Enhance your research

By facilitating collaboration among scholars in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, the IHR's programs expose faculty in many fields to what humanities research is, how it operates and why it's important. These programs bring ASU faculty together with faculty of other disciplines and with scholars across the world.

Get involved with the IHR's initiatives

Health Humanities Initiative

Health Humanities Initiative

The Health Humanities Initiative brings together academics, clinicians, caregivers and students to address grand social challenges in the areas of health and healthcare. 

Digital Humanities Initiative

Digital Humanities Initiative

The Nexus Digital Research Co-op aims to grow the digital humanities alongisde interdisciplinary collaborations that bring together humanities, science and technology. 

Humane Cities Initiative

Humane Cities Initiative

The Humane Cities Initiative seeks to make ASU a hub for innovative, transdisciplinary research focusing on cities that are created by and for humans.


Featured projects

Enmei (Long Life) Project

“Serendipity” is how Eileen Standley, dance professor at ASU, explains how Enmei (long life) came to be. Originating in April 2016, Enmei is a dance research initiative that began with three Arizona State University faculty: Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley, and Rose Weitz. The project has been studying how different cultures value, or devalue, the aging body by working with mid- to late-aged artists in the US and Japan. Furthermore, they have been studying how aging and wellness affect the experience of a female dancer.

Recent news

May 22, 2018
A human is more than bones, muscles, neurons and DNA: ASU to offer new Health Humanities Certificate, encouraging interdisciplinary and culturally-responsive study of health and wellbeing.
April 22, 2018
In 2015, an ASU-led group of scholars visiting a monastery in Germany was unexpectedly granted entrée to its usually off-limits library. Inside was a treasure trove of previously unknown texts dating...
April 10, 2018
A group of interdisciplinary ASU scholars are conducting research to challenge and explore our notions of health through the Institute for Humanities Research’s Fellows Program. Their research...
February 13, 2018
Researchers from across Arizona State University are coming together to analyze, preserve and revitalize historic materials found during the renovation of Park Central Mall in midtown Phoenix. The...

Upcoming events

Sep 4 2018 - 4:00pm
Let's make a match! Want to find colleagues with similar research interests? Come ready to mix and match at our annual research networking reception for Arizona State University humanities faculty, hosted by the Institute for Humanities...
Sep 5 2018 - 12:00pm
Do you have a humanities research project idea? The Seed Grant program is designed to provide support for projects that advance the IHR’s mission of fostering research that addresses or explores significant social challenges in the past, present and...
Sep 6 2018 - 8:30am
Join the Institute for Humanities Research's Digital Humanities Initiative for a monthly morning coffee hour. We invite scholars working in the Digital Humanities and those who are curious about the Digital Humanities for informal introductions...
Sep 6 2018 - 4:00pm
The Insititute for Humanities Research's Humanities Forum invites discussion of the challenges and opportunties we face in the humanities right now. It is a place to share ideas and brainstorm how to advance the humanities at Arizona State...




The IHR offers a variety of programs that support humanities research at ASU.

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