Research Travel Grants for 2018-19

Research Travel Grants from the Humanities Research Center foster excellence in research and creative scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University by providing funds to support direct research costs incurred by faculty. These costs include travel to archives and other research sites, lodging, meals and expenses related to collection of data such as photocopying and photography fees. (These awards are not to be used for conference travel, for the purchase of books or equipment, or for travel to use archival material that is available on the Internet.)

The Center will award twelve grants of up to $1,500 each for use during the academic year 2018-19. This program has been made possible in part by supplemental funding from the VCU Office of Research and Innovation. Our sincere thanks to Francis Macrina, Ph.D., and the selection committee for recognizing the importance of humanities research here at VCU, and to our dean and associate deans for their support and advice during the application process.

All tenure-eligible and term faculty working in the humanities at VCU are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who are or will be applying for research support from an external agency during the current academic year, or who have done so within the past two academic years.

Applications are due September 28, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. They will be reviewed by a peer committee of faculty chaired by the center director, who will announce the awards by the end of October 2018. The grants will be available to the successful candidates in the form of reimbursement for expenses once they have returned from their research trips and submitted receipts in accordance with university procedures. Grants must be spent by the end of the fiscal year and requests for reimbursement can be submitted no later than June 7, 2019. Recipients can spend grant dollars on flights for a research trip during summer 2019, but only on condition that they reserve the flights through Christopherson no later than June 7, 2019, so that funds can be transferred by the end of the fiscal year.

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • A completed coversheet
  • A detailed proposal, not to exceed three single-spaced pages, that explains (a) the goals, methods, and significance of the project, (b) the archive(s) or other research site(s) to be visited and the material to be consulted there, (c) the impact that the project will have on the candidate’s career development, and (d) the impact that the project will have on the candidate’s discipline and the humanities in general.
  • If you have previously received a Research Travel Grant from the Humanities Research Center, you are required to provide a narrative of the progress you have made with your academic project(s) as a result of that funding, including publications, conference presentations, and invited talks; this narrative should be no less than five hundred words and no more than one thousand words in length.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed budget form

Please submit application materials in one collated WORD file to

Please click here for application forms.

2017-18 Research Grant Recipients:

Christine Cynn (GSWS): A Witness of My Time: Visual Art, AIDS, and the Archive

Michaux Dempster (Focused Inquiry): Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Fairy Melusine

Adam Ewing (African American Studies): Promised Land: The Rise and Fall of the Global Pan-African Movement

Richard Fine (English): Edward Kennedy’s Surrender Scoop: The Associated Press Archives

John Froitzheim (Political Science): Achieving Institutional Responses to Environmental and Economic Constraints: Understanding the Origins of Developmental Institutions

Melis Hafez (History): Moral Ottomans: Moral Entrepreneurs as Culture Producers in Late Ottoman Society

Tracy Hamilton (Art History): The Ceremonial Landscape: Art, Gender, and Geography in Late Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean

Sonja Livingston (English): Our Lady of the Rust Belt:  A Journey to Buffalo, Search for a Missing Statue, and Exploration into the Concept of Devotion

Rohan Kalyan (School of World Studies): Hindie Cinema and Changing Urban Life in Deli

Bernard Means (School of World Studies): Crowdsourcing Heritage: Documenting Hindu Temples and Temple Life

Kathryn Meier (History): General of the Lost Cause: Jubal A. Early, Historical Authority, and Confederate History

Gregory Smither (History): Native Water: The Riverine World of the Cherokees & their Neighbors

Terry Oggel (English): Albert Bigelow Paine, Mark Twain’s Biographer and Literary Executor: A Critical Bio-Bibliography

Cristina Stanciu (English): A Place of Horror, A Place of Refuge: Indigenous Survivance in the Boarding School Literature of Four Settler States

2016-17 Research Grant Recipients:

Kathleen Chapman (Art History): Animal Worlds in German Modern Art and Empire

Gloria I-Ling Chien (School of World Studies): The Adaptation of Tibetan Lojong Teachings in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training

Antonio Espinoza (History): Apostles of Civilization and Mothers of Good Manners:  The Male and Female Primary-School Teachers of Lima, 1821-c.1921

Richard Fine (English): The Media and the Military in World War II:  The New York Times Archives

Robert Godwin-Jones (School of World Studies): Grimm Tales Reserviced

Meredith Katz (Sociology): The Student Anti-sweatshop Movement:  Identity, Networks, and Action

Bernard K. Means (School of World Studies): Himalayan Heritage in Danger:  Can Digital Humanities Save the Cultural Heritage of Uttarakhand, India?

William W. Newmann (Political Science): Presidential Policy Making in Foreign Policy:  Managing China Policy

Terry Oggel (English): Paine’s Twain:  Albert Bigelow Paine and Mark Twain’s Legacy

Gregory Smithers (History): Native Waters:  An Indigenous Environmental History

Oliver C. Speck (School of World Studies): Deadly Devices:  the Point-of-view-shot in Games, Sports and Combat

Rivka Swenson (English): Seeing Women

Mayda Topoushian (School of World Studies): Marginalized Minorities in the Middle East & North Africa

Faedah M. Totah (Political Science): Palestinians in the Old City of Damascus

David Weinfeld (School of World Studies): Stella Counselbaum:  A Portrait of Civil Rights Activism Through Friendship

2015-16 Research Grant Recipients:

Kathleen Chapman (Art History):  Animal Worlds in German Art and Empire

Christine Cynn (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies):  The ABCs of HIV Prevention Media in Côte d’Ivoire

Joshua Eckhardt (English):  Religion Around John Donne

Carolyn Eastman (History):  The Strange Genius of Dr. O: Oratory and Transatlantic Celebrity in Early America

Adam Ewing (African American Studies) for Promised Land: A People’s History of the Global Pan-African Movement

Richard Fine (English):  Edward Kennedy’s Long Road to Reims: The Media and the Military in World War II

Catherine Ingrassia (English):  British Women Writers and the Poetics of Failure in the Long Eighteenth Century / The MS Book of Constantia Grierson

George Munro (History):  No Town Like It: A History of Kirovsk

Katherine Nash (English):  Typographical Feminism: Politics and Materiality in Suffragist Narratives, 1910-1920

Terry Oggel (English):  Paine’s Twain: Albert Bigelow Paine and the Making of Mark Twain’s Reputation

Oliver Speck (School of World Studies):  Deadly Devices: the Point-of-View-Shot in Games, Sports, and Combat

Cristina Stanciu (English):  ‘To America On Foot’: Rethinking Americanization and Immigrant Narratives in the Twenty-First Century

2014-15 Research Grant Recipients:

Adam Ewing (African American Studies): Lies of Liberation: Rumor, Identity, and Politics in the African Diaspora

Carolyn Eastman (History): The strange Genius of Mr. O: Oratory and Transatlantic Fame in Early America

Catherine Ingrassia (English): British Women Writers and the Poetics of Failure in the Long Eighteenth Century

Claire Bourne (English): ‘Set Forth as It Hath Been Played’: Printing the performance in Early Modern England

Dannelle Gutarra (African American Studies): Race, Colonialism, and Modernity in the Age of the Haitian Revolution

Emilie Raymond (History): Paul and Phyllis Galanti: A POW Love Story

Gregory Smithers (History): Cherokee Waters: A Native American Environmental History

Matthew Pawlowicz (School of World Studies): Commoner and Elite in Swahili Society: Re-Examination of Spatial and Ceramic Data from Gede, Kenya

Melis Hafez (History): The Lazy, the Idle, the Luxurious: The Culture of Productivity in Late Ottoman Society, 1830-1922

Peter Stone (History): Red was the New Black: Exploring the Eastern Origins of a Roman Domestic Style

Richard Fine (English): The media and the Military During World War II

Rivka Swenson (English): The Gaze, the West Indies, and Robinson Crusoe

Ryan Smith (History): The New Lightkeepers: The Rehabilitation of Historic Lighthouses in the Southeastern United States

Terry Oggel (English): Mark Twain: The Late Public Writings Clemens Really Wrote

Vivian Dzokoto (African American Studies): Exploring African Moneyscapes

Winnie Chan (English): Acquired Tastes: Palatable Alterity, Post-Imperial Gastronomy, and the Global Anglophone Novel

2013-14 Research Grant Recipients:

Nicholas Frankel, Department of English: Oscar Wilde in Exile: A Critical Biography

Debra Hansen, Department of Art History (VCU Qatar): Looking Westward: Views of the West from Capitol Hill

Les Harrison, Department of English: Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition

Robert Godwin-Jones, School of World Studies: Digital Archive of Grimm Fairy Tales

Peter Kirkpatrick, School of World Studies: Citizen Camera: The Poetics of Rene Vautier’s Socially Engaged Film-Making

David Latane, Department of English: Scandal, Celebrity, and the Creation of the London Tabloid Press, 1820-1840

Bernard Means, School of World Studies: Why the New Deal’s “Forgotten” Men Excavated Pennsylvania’s Buried Heritage and What They Discovered

Katherine Nash, Department of English: Typographical Feminism: Ideology and Page Design in the Suffrage Era

Cristina Stanciu, Department of English: The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1924

Rivka Swenson, Department of English: “So Yielding the Warm Temper of Your Mind”: Montagu and the Poet as Woman of Reason