ASU faculty members engage in a year of research related to the annual theme.


The ASU IHR Fellows program provides funding for tenured or tenure-track faculty, as well as to other faculty eligible for a research release. Fellows may apply as individuals or as a team to engage in a year of research related to the annual theme, to share their research with the academic community, and to produce a strong application for an external grant. 

Successful proposals for the Fellows program will outline a rich scholarly project rooted in the humanities that will benefit from interdisciplinary conversations and readings, that has clear and feasible outcomes for the fellowship year, and that has the potential to be funded by outside agencies.

Fellowships provide funds toward one course buyout (in the spring semester) for each faculty member as well as research funds of $2500 per faculty member. 


2019-2020 Theme: Borders and Boundaries

Disciplinary, spatial, ideological, virtual—the boundaries we imagine, construct, and confront are multiple and multi-faceted. Boundaries exclude and include; borders connect and separate. Borders and boundaries are created by states and communities, by institutions and individuals; they shift and change over time. What functions do borders and boundaries serve? Who makes and guards them? Who confronts and crosses them? Who do they serve and who do they limit? How does our current attention to borders and boundaries in this age of globalization reflect new worries and how does it echo old ones? The Institute for Humanities Research invites scholars to propose research projects that address these questions or any others related to the topic of “Borders and Boundaries.”



Fellows Projects

2015-2016 Fellows Theme: Monsters and Monstrosity
Science and Its Monsters

Jason Robert, Vice Provost for Ethics, Director, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (IHR Fellows Associate)

My project explores the diverse monsters of contemporary science.

Queering the Apocalypse: Survival Politics, Zombies, and Popular Culture

Andrea Wood, Associate Professor of Media Studies, English Department, Winona State University

This project examines how apocalyptic settings and themes in transnational zombie films, graphic novels, television shows, and video games conceive of futurity and survival in queer terms.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Emotion in Early Modern England: A Proposed NEH Seminar and Collection

Cora Fox, Associate Professor, Department of English
Bradley J. Irish, Assistant Professor, Department of English

This collaborative Fellows project explores the ways emotions were lived and understood in Early Modern England.

Democratization and Emotionalization of Democracy in the USA and the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949-1990

Michael Mayer, Department of History, Political Academy of the State of Bavaria, Tutzing

Affects, feelings and emotions do not simply react to historical developments but rather emboss social interactions and rendering them historically potent.

Ecomomies of Feeling: Russian Literature, 1825-1855

Jillian Porter, Department of Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics University of Oklahoma

Economies of Feeling offers the first sustained examination of the economic and emotional paradigms that structured Russian narratives during the reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855).

2014-2015: Affect and Reason
Across the Traumatic Divide: Affective Journeys that Restructure Reason

Xiaoqiao Ling, School of International Letters and Cultures

This research aims to illuminate how traumatic memories transmit across generations in a way that accentuates the ontology of affect to inspire moral reasoning.

The Sentimental Public: Emotion, Politics and the French Revolution

Victoria E. Thompson, School for Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

This project will explore fundamental questions concerning the role that emotions play in forging politically conscious communities able to advocate for their own interests by examining the taking of the Bastille in 1789, an event that marked the beginning of popular participation in the French R

2013-2014: The Humanities and Home
Extreme Sensescapes: The Medieval Birgettine Environment, Fashioned through Art and Architecture, Music and Rituals

Corine Schleif, School of Art

Professor Corine Schleif will discuss the digital (re)creation of Saint Birgitta’s monastic sensescape as ideal “home” for late-medieval same-sex communities.

Lynching and the Making of a National Community: A Rhetoric of Civic Belonging

Ersula J. Ore, Department of English

“We the People”—that imagined collective brought into formation through a shared ideology and the set of social practices that affirm it—is bound by physical, symbolic, and discursive boundaries, boundaries that must be maintained, fortified, and policed if the community constituted through their

Making Home: People, Places, and Mediated Pieces of American Dreams

Desirée Garcia, The School of Transborder Studies
Bambi Haggins, Department of English

There is an element of gestalt to the place of home. It occupies myriad geographical, historical, ideological, and spiritual spaces. It is exclusively, yet simultaneously a hearth, a neighborhood, a city, a region, a nation, and a sense of belonging, community, purpose, safety, and solace.