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 2018–19 academic year.

African American Community Healing Through Storytelling: C-HeARTS


Carla D. Hunter Psychology
Nkechinyelum Chioneso Psychology / Psychological Services Center
Ruby Mendenhall Sociology / African American Studies / Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Helen Neville Educational Psychology / African American Studies
Shardé Smith Human Development and Family Studies

Fake News, Post-truth, and News Literacy: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Misinformation, Emotion, Decision Making, and Information Consumption


Nicole A. Cooke School of Information Sciences
Stephanie Craft Journalism / Institute of Communications Research

Medical Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine and The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies.


Rana Hogarth History
Justine Murison English

Playful by Design: Interdisciplinary Game Studies @ Illinois


Judith Pintar Illinois Informatics Institute / Slavic Languages and Literatures / School of Information Sciences
Randall Sadler Linguistics

Politics and Narrative: A Narratology of Populism


Carl Niekerk Germanic Languages and Literatures
Laurie Johnson Germanic Languages and Literatures

Social Practice as Pedagogy (Imagining American Cluster)


Jorge Lucero Art Education
Ruth Nicole Brown Education, Policy, Organization & Leadership / Gender and Women's Studies
Jennifer Bergmark Art Education and Clinical Experience, Art & Design
Social Practice as Pedagogy Cluster Website

Transmission, Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange


Robert Markley English
Carol Symes History
Robert Tierney East Asian Languages and Cultures / Comparative and World Literature