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Residential Faculty Research Fellowships

Call for Proposals for Spring 2017 Residential Faculty Research Fellowships

Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellowship Application

Application Deadline is May 1, 2016

The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites applications for two Residential Faculty Research Fellowships for spring 2017. Funding is intended to support and promote significant humanities research at UMBC. Dresher Center 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 2016.

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

For more information on Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellowships contact:

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

Spring 2017 Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows

Calla_Thompson-200x300Calla Thompson, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Project: The Velvet Fist: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in 1981 Toronto
I will use the fellowship to work on my book project, The Velvet Fist, a work of historical fiction. The book will reanimate the beginnings of the lesbian and gay civil rights movement in Toronto in 1981, starting with the violent police raid of four gay bathhouses and arrest of 286 men, followed by a riot of 3,000 gay men and lesbians. These actions, along with the first Gay Pride Parade and multiple demonstrations, marked the birth of the LGBT movement in Canada, the year that the gay and lesbian community ‘came out’ publicly. Despite the significance of the events of 1981, they have not been examined in existing literature.


VaporisConstantine Vaporis, Director, Asian Studies Program, and Professor, History
Project: Sword and Brush: Portraits of Samurai Life in Early Modern Japan, 1600-1868
I will complete my current book manuscript during the fellowship. Despite the widespread appeal of the samurai as cultural icon, there is a dearth of historical scholarship on the subject in English. Sword and Brush will be the first collection of biographies of samurai, who were the political – military elite of early modern, or Tokugawa, society. This volume, which will be aimed at the general reader and is both a social history of early modern Japan told through the biographies of ten samurai and a study of biography as a historical genre.


Past Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows 

Spring 2016

Denise D. Meringolo, History: “Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism”

Craig Saper, Language, Literacy & Culture: “A Documentary Script Adaptation of Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown”

Spring 2015

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

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

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”