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Faculty Research Fellows

Call for Proposals for Spring 2016 Residential Faculty Research Fellowships
Application Deadline is May 1, 2015

The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites applications for two Residential Faculty Research Fellowships for spring 2016. Funding is intended to support and promote significant humanities research at UMBC. Dresher Center Residential Research Fellows will reside at least one day a week in the Dresher Center and receive release from teaching (up to two course releases) in order to work on a significant humanities research project or the training necessary to embark on such a project. Faculty wishing to develop expertise in a new field or discipline towards a future project are also encouraged to apply. Each fellow will have the use of a private office in the Dresher Center and will be awarded $500 to hire an undergraduate research assistant (junior or senior) for the semester.

Fellows will conduct two research works-in-progress sessions during the semester. The first will be a Fellows and Others session on their research methods held toward the beginning of the semester. The second will be a session in the CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now series on the work that has been accomplished during the semester. The CURRENTS session should take place by late April. Fellows will also participate actively in Dresher Center programs, including attendance at Fellows and Others and CURRENTS sessions, and at least two Humanities Forum events. A short report on fellowship activity will be due to the director within 3 months of completion of the fellowship. Residential faculty fellows will be considered fellows of the Dresher Center for as long as they are on the faculty of UMBC. After their semester in residence they will be expected to serve for a two-year term on the Dresher Center Advisory Board and remain active participants in Dresher Center programs.

The Dresher Center welcomes proposals from all full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty members pursuing humanities research in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  Applications are especially encouraged from, but not limited to, full-time faculty with appointments in departments and programs with a humanities focus. Two fellowships are available. Proposals will be reviewed by the Dresher Center Advisory Board, with decisions by mid-July 2014.

Click the link below for a fillable PDF application. Download the application and attach it in an email, along with your proposal, to

Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows Application 

For more information on the Dresher Center SFRF contact:

Dr. Jessica Berman, Director
Dresher Center for the Humanities
Performing Arts and Humanities Building 217
Voice: 410-455-6798

Past Dresher Center Faculty Fellows 

Spring 2015 Dresher Center Faculty Fellows

Marjoleine Kars, History: “Freedom Marooned: The 1763 Slave Rebellion in Dutch Guyana”

During the fellowships semester I will finish my book, Freedom Marooned: The 1763 Slave Rebellion in Dutch Guyana. In the years 1763-1764 nearly all five thousand slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice rose up in rebellion. Although this rebellion in what is now the Republic of Guyana in South America was extensive and long lasting, it is virtually unknown. To date, only two books have been written about it: one in 1770, the other in 1888, both in Dutch. During my fellowship, I intend to complete the third, in English. However, I am attracted to this rebellion not just for its scope and relative obscurity. Rather, the unusually rich documentation it has generated offers an opportunity to redefine our understanding of the nature of slave insurgency and to study the internal politics of rebellion.

Margaret Re, Visual Arts: “Design, Desire and Consumption: Contemporary American Textiles, Contemporary American Wallpaper, and Containers and Packaging”

Between 1951 and 1952, the Traveling Exhibition Service prepared 12 exhibits for the United States Department of State. These exhibits were circulated through Germany and Austria in order to construct cultural and political authority and combat Communism. The exhibits transformed political discourse by presenting economic productivity as aesthetic choices, new technologies and materials, and ideals to create consumer awareness and demand. My research examines the impact of the Bauhaus on these exhibits and their contents, as it examines the influences on the designers who as cultural interpreters form American modernism. The Dresher Fellowship will allow me to continue research into the State Department’s 1951-1952 Traveling Exhibition Service (TES). My research findings will be disseminated via an exhibit that will open in 2017 at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC).

Spring 2014

Kimberly R. Moffitt, American Studies: “Acting While Black (and Male) in Disney’s Land”

Carole McCann, Gender and Women’s Studies: “Malthus, Mathematics, and Modern Masculinity: Demographic Discipline and Mid-Twentieth Century Population Politics”

Spring 2013 (inaugural fellowship term)

Kate Brown, History: “Being There: Place, Space, and the Historical Method”

Preminda Jacob, Visual Arts: “The Painted Walls of Chennai: Street Semiotics in an Indian City”