Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Steven Nadler Professor

Research Advancement Specialist, Sr.

Mara Lopez

Project Manager, Digital Humanities Initiative Director of Digital Content and Special Programs, HASTAC at ASU

Liz Grumbach


Barbara Dente

Assistant to the Director

Ann Harris


The main mission of the Institute for Research in the Humanities is to foster research in the humanities by creating a stimulating, interdisciplinary community in which fellows can pursue their work, share it with other fellows and members of the campus, and benefit from intensive discussion with scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, fields, interests, and perspectives. We also promote greater understanding of the humanities on campus and work to build bridges between the humanities and the arts, social sciences, and sciences. Working closely with the Center for the Humanities and other campus centers and institutes, we encourage innovative, broad-ranging, and collaborative research in and thinking about the humanities for the twenty-first century.

The Institute is an intellectual community with generous space for seminars, a library, and offices for fellows. The Institute is a unit in the College of Letters and Science, which invests heavily in the Institute as part of its commitment to the humanities. Some 20-30 fellows are associated with the Institute each year, including some seventeen faculty and graduate students from UW-Madison, along with a number of fellows from outside UW-Madison. Fellowships are awarded for research in all aspects of the humanities, with four external fellowships reserved for Solmsen Postdoctoral Fellows working on pre-1700 Europe and four internal fellowships designated for Race, Ethnicity, and/or Indigeneity Fellows. The Institute serves as a residency site for Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipient fellows, as well as UW-System and Madison Area Technical College Fellows. Most fellows hold stipendary awards, but the Institute also welcomes visiting scholars with their own funding to become Honorary Fellows housed at the Institute.

The Institute holds weekly seminars at which fellows present their work and engage in extensive dialogue about their projects with other fellows and with interested faculty and graduate students from the campus. The Institute also sponsors an annual Burdick-Vary Symposium organized by a Senior Fellow and other lectures, symposia, and informal events related to the humanities. The Institute takes a leadership role on campus with other humanities centers and institutes to promote greater understanding of and visibility for the humanities and their importance to other modes of knowledge production and dissemination. We co-sponsor many events on campus and are affiliated with a number of other interdisciplinary initiatives such as the Center for Visual Culture, Border and Transcultural Studies Research Circle, Human Rights Initiative, Global Studies Program, World Literature/s Workshop, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, and WUN (Worldwide University Network) Gender and Postcolonial groups.

Solmsen Post-Doctoral Fellowships Through a generous bequest from Friedrich and Lieselotte Solmsen, the Institute offers up to four one-year Solmsen Post-Doctoral Fellowships each year to scholars from other universities working on literary and historical studies of the European Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods up to about 1700. Annual deadline is October 15. Contact Susan Stanford Friedman, Director, for more information or visit

CHCI/ACLS Partnership The Institute for Research in the Humanities is a participant in the CHCI/ACLS Partnership, which connects CHCI member organizations with recipients of the ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients fellowship program. Visit for information on this program.