The Institute for Humanities Research

The humanities play a vital role in society, ensuring the well-being of individuals, communities, and our democratic institutions through a deep understanding of how human beings have shaped their lives, their traditions, customs, and cultures to forge futures that foster human dignity and agency. The Institute for Humanities Research provides a platform for research and conversations about those issues fundamental to us all.

A letter from our directors

Fund your research

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.

Participate in our programs

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.


Recent news

July 1, 2019
The Institute for Humanities Research has awarded six fellowships to humanities scholars to study "Borders and Boundaries" at Arizona State University.
May 23, 2019
Students in the Facing Immigration II course impact the community through artistic expression and storytelling.
May 8, 2019
Arizona State University Associate Professor Heather Switzer and alumna Anastasia Todd are using the power of narrative to break the current framework of what it means to be a young woman with a...
April 21, 2019
The ASU Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 23, from noon to 2 p.m.

Upcoming events

Sep 23 2019 - 10:30am
Cross-disciplinary ventures hold much promise in creating fresh ways of addressing complex issues; however, such collaborations are not without their difficulties. What are the risks, problems and rewards, and what are some best practices in...
Sep 23 2019 - 4:00pm
What does the desert ask of us and how might it change how we dwell?Join us for this double-header: an immersive, experiential lecture by international art and design team Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney of FoAM followed by a speculative futures...
Sep 23 2019 - 5:30pm
Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney of FoAM traveled the desert in two years of site visits with ASU’s D.A.R.E. team collecting artifacts and sounds. From these experiences, they have created a desert sounds vinyl album and series of...
Sep 25 2019 - 10:30am
Russell Wyland will join us to provide insights on how to receive grant funding from National Endowment for the Humanities programs that are of interest to attendees.About Russell WylandWyland serves as the Division of Research Programs...




Our initiatives promote cross-disciplinary research that examines essential and timely topics.

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