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 to begin or continue a research project.

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 following academic year.

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Recipients of the Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities!

The Mandel Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce the winners of the Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities, made possible by a generous gift from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation. 

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Dorothy Kim (English), "Open Corpus Project"

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Derron Wallace (AAAS, Education and Sociology), "Revisiting Small Axe and the Cultural Politics of Education in Black Britain"

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Shoniqua Roach (AAAS & WGS), "Black Dwelling: Home-making and Erotic Freedom"

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Patricia Alvarez Astacio (Anthropology), "Moral Fibers: Transforming Peruvian Artisanal Textiles into Ethical Fashion"

Past Winners


Emilie Diouf (English): “Errant Voices: Traumatic Text and the Making of African Women Refugees”
Yuri Doolan (History, WGS, and AAPIS): “The First Amerasians: Mixed Race Koreans from Camptowns to America”
Erin Gee (Music): “Shillim: Mouthpiece 32”
Faith Smith (English and AAAS):“Silk Roads and Highways: Imagining 'China' in the Caribbean Today”
Sheida Soleimani (Fine Arts): “Medium of Exchange”


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”


Joel Christensen (Classical Studies) — “The Many-Minded Man: The Odyssey, Psychology and the Therapy of Epic”
Clémentine Fauré-Bellaïche (Romance Studies) — “A ‘Protestant Air’ – André Gide, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes, & The Religion of Literary Modernism”
Laura Jockusch (NEJS) — “The Trials of Stella Goldschlag: Nazi Victim, Holocaust Survivor, and War Criminal”
Hannah Muller (History) — “Alien Invasions and Revolutionary Contagion: The Aliens Acts, the 1790s, and the Changing Contours of Citizenship”
Carina Ray (AAAS) — “Talk of Freedom: An Oral History of Cuban Participation in African Liberation Struggles”


Ulka Anjaria (English) — “‘Lopsided Beings’: Literature at the Limits of Global Capitalism”

Sarah Mead (Music) — “Music, Sound and Text”
Robin Feuer Miller (GRALL) and Matthew Fraleigh (GRALL) — “Kazuko's Letters from Japan: Love in a Time of Upheaval”
Dmitry Troyanovsky (Theater Arts) — “Marius von Mayenburg’s ‘The Ugly One’”


Jerónimo Arellano (Romance Studies) — “Reading Screenplays”

Abigail Cooper (History) — “American Refugee Camps”
Elizabeth Ferry (Anthropology) — “Tangible Assets: Gold and Other Materials in Finance and Mining”

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

Pu Wang (East Asian Studies) — “Marx Enters the Temple of Confucius: A Chinese Translation between Antiquity and Revolution”
Michael Willrich (History) — “The Anarchist’s Advocate: War, Terror, and the Origins of America’s Surveillance State”


Charles Golden (Anthropology) — “Indigenous Cultures, Past and Present: Community Engaged Archaeology in Chiapas, Mexico”
Chad Williams (AAAS) — “World War I in the Historical Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois”