Faculty Research Grants

Every year, the Mandel Center for the Humanities awards several Mandel Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities. Each of these $10,000 grants, which are supported by a generous gift from the Mandel Foundation, supports a member of the Brandeis faculty working in the humanities or humanistic social sciences.

The MCH Steering Committee oversees the grant competition, which is open to proposals as diverse as the humanities themselves: ranging from collaborative projects to individual archival research, from seed money to develop new classes or new ways of presenting research via the internet. The deliberately capacious purpose of the Mandel Faculty Grants is to support “the humanities in the world,” a broad invitation to Brandeis scholars to think creatively about how their own humanistic inquiries can shape, inform, and improve everyday life and experiences in the world today.

Recipients are expected to use their funds in the semesters and summer immediately following, and then present a talk about their projects to the MCH Faculty Lunch Symposium during the ensuing academic year.

Award Recipients

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2019-2020
  • Anita Hannig (Anthropology) — “The Day I Die: Assisted Dying in the Age of Medicine”

  • Gowri Vijayakumar (Sociology) —“Half of a Hundred: Autobiographical Texts on Sex Work and Aging in Contemporary India”

  • Aida Wong (Fine Arts and East Asian Studies) — “Viewing Landscapes in China and Japan”

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2018-2019
  • Carina Ray (AAAS) — “Talk of Freedom: An Oral History of Cuban Participation in African Liberation Struggles”

  • Laura Jokusch (NEJS) — “The Trials of Stella Goldschlag: Nazi Victim, Holocaust Survivor, and War Criminal”

  • Clémentine Fauré-Bellaïche (Romance Studies) — “A ‘Protestant Air’ – André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes, & The Religion of Literary Modernism”

  • Hannah Weiss Muller (History) — “Alien Invasions and Revolutionary Contagion: The Aliens Acts, the 1790s, and the Changing Contours of Citizenship”

  • Joel Christensen (Classical Studies) — “The Many-Minded Man: The Odyssey, Psychology and the Therapy of Epic”

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2017-2018
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2016-2017
  • Jerónimo Arellano (Romance Studies) — “Reading Screenplays”

  • Elizabeth Ferry (Anthropology) — “Tangible Assets: Gold and Other Materials in Finance and Mining”

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2015-2016
  • Michael Willrich (History) — “The Anarchist’s Advocate: War, Terror, and the Origins of America’s Surveillance State”

  • Jasmine Johnson (AAAS) — “West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora”

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2014-2015
  • Abigail Cooper (History) — “American Refugee Camps”

  • Pu Wang (East Asian Studies) — “Marx Enters the Temple of Confucius: A Chinese Translation between Antiquity and Revolution”

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2013-2014
  • Chad Williams (AAAS) — “World War I in the Historical Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois”

  • Charles Golden (Anthropology) — “Indigenous Cultures, Past and Present: Community Engaged Archaeology in Chiapas, Mexico”