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Research Group Fellowships

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Congratulations to the first cohort of OSU Center for the Humanities Research Group Fellows! During the 2022–2023 academic year, these nine fellows are embarking on the development of new, collaborative research projects, and we are excited to see where their work takes them. 


This new flagship program incentivizes a shift from individual, and often siloed, research structures to a cross-disciplinary team model, united under a shared research focus, with the goal of envisioning new collaborative research opportunities.



2022-2023 Fellows:


Medical/Health Humanities

Possible subfields may include health justice and activism, history of medicine or science, the intersectionality of pandemics, and/or disability studies


Environmental Humanities

Possible subfields may include human/animal studies, climate change, food studies, environmental activism, and/or environmental racism

  • Dr. Cailey Hall, English
  • Dr. Rebecca Kaplan, History
  • Komal Nazir, English


Digital Humanities

Possible approaches may include digital analysis in the service of humanistic inquiry or humanistic analysis of digital environments, spaces, and tools

During the 2022-2023 academic year, fellows are expected to meet twice monthly with their research cohort and at least 4 times over the year with all 3 combined groups. During combined meetings, programs will focus on logistical supportive topics such as grants and funding application tips, publishing across disciplines, campus resources, mentoring, advocacy, and leadership. Selected fellows are awarded $3,000 each in funding for the year in respectful acknowledgment of the commitment required for participation in this program. 


The 3 research group topics chosen for this inaugural fellowship year are intentionally broad to offer a wide range of inclusive possibilities for collaborative projects. Moreover, all groups may consider how their projects align with the public humanities, social justice, and anti-racism work. With this in mind, each group should consider a public-facing component for their project; examples might include exhibitions, community partner collaborative programs, open-access resources, or digital products.


Research groups are expected to present a proposal at the culmination of the fellowship year for putting the collaborative envisioning into action. While creative thinking for what those collaborative outcomes might be is not limited, examples of outcomes might include co-authored publications, public programs, exhibitions, digital resources, collaborative classroom, or teaching opportunities. Applicants should be interested in exploring creative approaches to addressing social problems and impacting communities both within and beyond campus. Fellows may include faculty, staff, and graduate students and may come from diverse disciplines within and beyond traditional humanities areas. The program aims to bring together complementing perspectives and skills as well as disciplines, and seeks individual applicants who are open to being matched into groups with the goal of creating a new research project collaboratively. 


Although research in this program can focus on a wide range of topics, participating fellows must be invested in intentionally practicing models that support diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fellow cohorts. This includes respecting a diversity of positionalities from participants and intentionally including participants with different modes of contributing to the group. Cohort members will come with varying degrees of experience and points on a career trajectory, but everyone brings unique contributions to the collaboration. It will be important to acknowledge there will be times when individuals will need to step back, step forward, and/or lift up members within your cohort.


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