Center for the Humanities
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Sara Guyer Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies

Associate Director

Emily Clark

Office Administrator

Marrion Ladd


The Center for the Humanities catalyzes innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative inquiry in core and emerging humanities fields at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the communities it serves.

Our programs establish a coordinated vision for scholarly and public engagement with literature, history, philosophy, and culture through workshops, fellowships, seminars, curriculum development, and conferences. Each year we welcome world-renowned scholars from across campus and around the globe for public lectures, events, and projects.

The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UW-Madison is an interdisciplinary program providing two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, each year the program invites applications based on a wide-ranging theme. Past themes have included World Citizenship, Life, Media, and Democracy.

Fellows are affiliated with a department in the College of Letters and Science, as well as the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Center for the Humanities. They teach one undergraduate course per semester in one of the humanities or humanistic social science departments in the College of Letters & Science.