Research Clusters

Faculty-driven collaborative research. 


The IHR facilitates and supports diverse Research Clusters at ASU. Our aim is to assist research and communication among scholars and to enrich the intellectual climate of the university. The Research Clusters frequently serve as an entry point for faculty engaging with the IHR. They should support activities related to the IHR mission to:

  • foster innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
  • examine today’s most important issues from humanistic perspectives
  • promote and support excellence in humanities scholarship
  • engage the university community in meaningful dialogue and exploration

The Jenny Norton Cluster on Women

The Reverend Jenny Norton has provided funding to support an annual Research Cluster in the Institute for Humanities Research. The Norton fund is designed to stimulate research on women in any field and on any topic. Gender scholars are encouraged to apply for the Norton Award by proposing an appropriate topic for an IHR Research Cluster that will promote research and communication among ASU scholars and enrich the intellectual climate of the university. 

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Deadline: March 12th, 2018

2018-19 Research Cluster Application Guidelines:

2018-19 Research Cluster Application Form:


2007 to 2008

The Narrative Prisms of Women and Sustainability

Note: This cluster was also the first to receive the Jenny Norton award for a research project that focuses on women.

Cycles of Linguistic Change

In this research cluster, we will study the connection between internal and external factors and provide descriptions of certain cycles of change. Linguistic cycles are a perfect instance where external and internal reasons come together.

Migration and Belonging

This research cluster seeks to bring together scholars of migration from across the university to engage in discussion and presentation of research with the goal of developing a more transdisciplinary analysis of the human experience in migration.
2006 to 2007

Exploring Common Ground Between China and the U.S. for the 21st Century

This research cluster will seek out possible common ground between America and China in the 21st century. Promoting dialogue at ASU and seeking mutual understanding should help build a firmer foundation for intellectual and cultural collaboration that might benefit ASU's research cooperation with Chinese institutions.

Migration Narratives: Bridges Across Peoples, Nations, and Disciplines

American culture is frequently reconstituted as new populations continue to arrive to U.S. destinations with the intentions of staying. To claim that this experience is uniquely American, or even contemporary, is to close to our eyes to the historical, social, and global realities of migration that have constituted the diverse communities that have truly always been our human legacy.

Speaking Arizona

Speaking Arizona is a project designed to address major gaps in our understanding of the role of speaking and language in creating and reinventing the identities of different communities in Arizona.

The African Diaspora

The initial aim of this Research Cluster will be to study the experience of peoples of African Ancestry. However, the main focus will be to engage interested faculty with various debates concerning the African Diaspora and its various definitions.

Bioethics and Bioengineering

The goal of this Research Cluster is to bridge the growing bioengineering and bioethics communities on campus and in the Valley. The topic of focus will be the science and ethics of neural prosthetics in three domains: cochlear implants, motor control prosthetics, and deep-brain stimulation.

Cultures of Urban Systems & Spaces: International Perspectives

This research cluster is devoted to investigating the interactions between urban values, urban systems and spaces, and inhabitants of the city by focusing on the cultural dimensions of urban planning, urban systems, and the experiences of urban life.
2005 to 2006

Comparative Colonialism, Conversion, and Globalized Religion

This Research Cluster plans to meet monthly to read current scholarly literature on the relationship between religious conversion and globalization, discuss these issues, and prepare grant appropriate grant proposals to major granting agencies.