Current Research Clusters

Research Clusters are groups of faculty and graduate students from the University of Illinois campus who work together to explore particular questions or subjects in the humanities and arts.

The following are the Research Clusters that have received funding from IPRH for the 2017–18 academic year.

African American Community Healing Through Storytelling


Nkechinyelum Chioneso Psychology/Psychological Services Center
Ruby Mendenhall Sociology and African American Studies
Helen Neville Educational Psychology and African American Studies
Shardé Smith African American Studies

Digital Editorial Practice and the Humanities Classroom: Creating New Publishing Capabilities for Higher Education


John Randolph History

Landscapes of Gentrification and Settler Colonialism


Maryam Kashani Gender and Women’s Studies / Asian American Studies
Lila Sharif Asian American Studies / Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Medical Humanities


Stephanie Hilger Comparative and World Literature / Germanic Languages and Literatures
Jonathan Inda Latina/Latino Studies

Co-sponsored by the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine.

New Directions in Eastern European Jewish Culture


Eugene M. Avrutin History / Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Harriet Murav Comparative and World Literature / Slavic Languages and Literature
Dana Rabin History / Program in Jewish Culture and Society

The New New Left Club


Toby Beauchamp Gender and Women’s Studies
Mimi Thi Nguyen Gender and Womens Studies / Asian American Studies
A. Naomi Paik Asian American Studies

Playful by Design (Imagining America Cluster)


Judith Pintar Illinois Informatics Institute / Slavic Languages and Literatures
Randall Sadler Linguistics

Playful by Design Website

Public Humanities



Chris Higgins Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
Anke Pinkert Germanic Languages and Literatures