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2019-20 Fellows

Top UT Researchers Selected for Humanities Fellowships

Human dignity, democracy, the public university: these are just some of the timely topics studied by the incoming fellows at the UT Humanities Center.

The 2019-20 fellowship class of six tenure-line faculty and four advanced graduate students entered a robust, externally judged competition this year. They will be awarded 12-month residency fellowships to pursue their research projects free of teaching and administrative duties.

The faculty recipients of the Humanities Center Fellowships for 2019-2020 are:

  • Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Jacob Latham, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Adam Cureton, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
  • Stephen Blackwell, Professor, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Margaret Dean, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Lisi Schoenbach, Associate Professor, Department of English

In the company of the nation’s best humanities institutes, the UTHC also offers full-year residencies to Ph.D. students so that they can complete their dissertations. The 2019-2020 graduate-student fellows will work on projects ranging from slavery in Missouri and Illinois to portrayals of Bathsheba in early modern English literature. The incoming fellows are:

  • Eric Gubelman, Department of History
  • Laura Roesch, Department of History
  • Tess Evans, Department of History
  • Emily Roberts, Department of English.

“Supporting faculty research is a central function of the UT Humanities Center,” said Daniel Magilow, Associate Professor of German and the Associate Director of the UTHC. He noted that all fellowship applications are externally reviewed to insure fairness in competition judging. "We empanel a group of respected scholars from diverse disciplines and institutions to rigorously and independently evaluate applications, and their judgments establish the membership of each year’s cohort.”

“To be a Fellow at UTHC means to be part of an academic community that has enhanced my view of scholarship in the humanities,” said Nuria Cruz-Camara, a 2018-2019 UTHC faculty fellow. She adds that the fellowship program enables scholars across diverse disciplines "to immerse [themselves] in a research project for an entire year, which is invaluable."

The UT Humanities Center, established in 2011, supports arts and humanities research for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates and advocates for the importance of the humanities to our state, nation, and global economy. To learn more about programs offered by the UT Humanities Center, visit its website.

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