U of A Humanities Center Awards Fall Funding

The U of A Humanities Center is happy to announce the selection of recipients for its fall 2023 funding competitions. These funds will support the monographs and research production from humanities scholars that contribute to the university's high research productivity standing.

The Humanities Center holds competitions yearly to provide funding to humanities faculty to support publishing, expert consulting and outreach. Summer research grants are available every other year, and small grants for events can be applied for on an ad hoc basis. Keep an eye on the U of A Humanities Center website funding tab for information on upcoming competitions, or reach out with any questions.


Five faculty will be awarded grants to help in the acquisition of visuals, support translation and acquire other materials for publication of their monographs. The recipients are:

  • Thomas Adams, Philanthropy, Civil Society, and the State in German History, 1815-1989
  • Todd Cleveland, Africa and the Olympic Games
  • Ryan Calabretta Sajder, Beyond the Margin or Within the Canon: The Novels of Amara Lakhous
  • Ruby Ray Daly, "Voluptuous Cruelty": Sex and Violence in Modern Britain
  • Brian McGowan, "Man's Greatest Threat to Man": Grambling State University and White Supremacy


Four faculty members will use these funds for hiring consultants to produce maps or other expert commentary to aid their publications. The recipients are:

  • Ryan Calabretta Sajder, Beyond the Margin or Within the Canon: The Novels of Amara Lakhous
  • Todd Cleveland, The Airport that Transformed a Nation: Tourism, Decolonization, and the Cold War in the Seychelles, 1958-1981
  • Justin Gage, Writing to Resist: Native Activism through Correspondence, 1870-1900
  • Jared Phillips, Mountain Waters: Agriculture, Environmentalism, and the Future of Community in the Ozarks


These funds facilitate the spread of humanities research or content into the larger regional community with talks, exhibitions, performances and conferences. The recipients of the two grants were:

  • Ryan Calabretta Sajder, "Italian American Studies Association Conference Meets the Italians of Arkansas"
  • Leigh Pryor Sparks, "Visit to Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas by Keri Blakinger"

About the University of Arkansas Humanities Center: The University of Arkansas Humanities Center, in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, promotes cross-disciplinary research and inquiry in the humanities, sponsors programs that engage humanities scholars and the wider public in conversations about critical topics, and fosters a strong role for the humanities in an increasingly global society. 



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