IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Emerging Areas in the Humanitites

In January 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant of $2,050,000 to IPRH to support the development of emerging areas in the humanities. The funds support fellowships for Illinois faculty and graduate students, and undergraduate interns, as well as post-doctoral fellows, creating robust research groups in three areas: Bio-Humanities, Environmental Humanities, and Legal Humanities.


Faculty Fellow

  • Samantha Frost (Political Science / Gender and Women's Studies)

Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Rosine Kelz (PhD, Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, 2014)
    “Beyond the human?’: Concepts of Humanity, Responsibility, and Agency in Political Theory and Biotechnology”
  • Daniel Liu (PhD, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016)
    “Vision and Calculation of Living Matter”

Pre-Doctoral Fellows


  • Lydia Crafts (History)
    “Empire’s Laboratory: Race, Ethics, and Medical Experimentation in Guatemala during the Cold War”
  • Rebecah Pulsifer (English)
    “Signifying Nothing: Intelligence and Intellectual Disability in British Modernism”


  • Robert Rouphail (History)
    “Disastrous Kinships: Nature, Gender, and Resilience in Moder Mauritius, 1892–1980”
  • Michael Uhall (Political Science)
    “Companion Ecologies”

Undergraduate Intern


  • Sneha Adusumilli (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
  • Miranda Dawson (Bioengineering)
  • Sana Khadri (English and Integrative Biology)


  • Victoria Halewicz (Psychology, minor in Communication)
  • Hyun Park (Psychology and English)
  • Henry Yeary (English)
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