Research updates, observations, and opportunities from the Humanities Research Institute.
- Research on Indentured Labor in British Empire Reexamines Cultural Narratives about Indian Ocean WorldAlexandra Sundarsingh (History) is a 2023–2024 HRI Graduate Fellow. Sundarsingh’s dissertation, “Unraveling Indenture: Racial Indenture and Unfree Labour in the Indian Ocean World, 1815-1965,” argues that to understand the creation and operation of racial indenture in the British Empire as well as the expansion and racialization of unfree labor, it is necessary to examine its operation in the Indian Ocean… Read more: Research on Indentured Labor in British Empire Reexamines Cultural Narratives about Indian Ocean World
- Research Explores Influence of Obscenity Laws on Literary HistoryJustine S. Murison (English) is a 2023–2024 HRI Faculty Fellow. Murison’s manuscript, “American Obscenity: Realism in the Age of Comstock” examines the legal and cultural invention of “obscenity” in the United States. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of faculty and graduate students through a year of dedicated research and writing in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. What… Read more: Research Explores Influence of Obscenity Laws on Literary History
- Widening Access to Global Literary and Cultural CanonsPresenting Public Programming on Literature and Religion in the Humanities Divya Nair, current Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Humanities as a Social Practice, is a scholar, artist, and public humanist. She works on race, empire, religion, and classical reception in Anglophone literature between 1500 and 1800 within a global historiographic framework. She completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in English at the… Read more: Widening Access to Global Literary and Cultural Canons
- Ethnographic Research on Dual Immersion Program Supports Bi/multilingual EducationAnna Mendoza (Linguistics) held a 2023 HRI Summer Faculty Fellowship, during which she worked with a school community liaison who speaks Lingala, French, and English to interview a representative sample of dual immersion parents—about 30 of the approximately 70 families. Through bottom-up thematic coding, she investigated parents’ reasons for enrolling their children in the program, their investment in French as… Read more: Ethnographic Research on Dual Immersion Program Supports Bi/multilingual Education
- Education Policy Research Analyzes Divisive Ideologies Shaping U.S. K12 CurriculaJon Hale (Education Policy, Organization and Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction) is a 2023–2024 HRI Faculty Fellow. Hale’s research, “I Pledge Allegiance: A History of Racist Ideas, Textbooks, and Teaching in the United States School System” provides critical historical analysis of recent efforts to control the curriculum in schools. This project builds upon the historiography around the “culture wars” and the deeply… Read more: Education Policy Research Analyzes Divisive Ideologies Shaping U.S. K12 Curricula