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Faculty Research Fellows

Call for Proposals for Spring 2017 Residential Faculty Research Fellowships
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 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 2016.

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

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For more information on the Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellowship contact:

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

Spring 2016 Dresher Center Faculty Fellows

Denise D. Meringolo, History: “Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism”
Most histories of public culture suggest gathering, protecting, and interpreting the past has been a conservative project, designed to restrain social change. Yet most public historians believe that historical methods can empower disenfranchised communities and address pressing social issues. In 2013, I convened a collaborative research project to study this trend. Our initial work identified historical examples and contemporary case studies that can shed new light on public historians’ work as advocates and activists. I am both leader and contributor in this project. My research identified previously overlooked roots for community-based public history education that will establish a deeper history of civic engagement in teaching. As a faculty fellow, I will complete my research. I will also shepherd the project toward completion, working with the various authors to prepare for a 2017 scholarly symposium. I will also serve as project editor. Our digital volume will appear in 2018.

Craig Saper, Language, Literacy & Culture: “A Documentary Script Adaptation of Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown
I propose to adapt my book, Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown: Real-Life Zelig of the Twentieth Century (Fordham University Press, forthcoming, 2016) into a script and storyboard for an eventual multimedia/video documentary project. The eventual documentary will supplement and promote the book as well as use the book as leverage to find a production company to produce the documentary. I propose to write the adaptation in the spring of 2016. Editing and adapting scholarship for public media forms is the focus of my entire career.


Past Dresher Center Faculty Fellows 

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”