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WVU Humanities Center names 2023-2024 Fellows and Grantees

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The WVU Humanities Center is excited to announce its 2023-2024 fellows and grantees. The grants awarded by the Center will help these scholars to pursue their research, projects and teaching in the humanities this coming year.

“This cohort showcases the diversity within humanities research, collaborations and pedagogy innovations,” Humanities Center Director Renée Nicholson. “We were excited to fund so many varied and rich proposals.”

The 2023-2024 cohort includes:


  • Brooke Durham, assistant professor of history, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, “Politics Aside: North Africans, Europeans, and the Fight to Transform Postwar Algeria.”
  • Enkeshi El-Amin, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, Eberly, “Chocolate City Way Up South in Appalachia: Black Knoxville at the Intersection of Race, Place, and Region.”
  • Christina Fattore, associate professor of political science, Eberly, “Happily Ever After the Election? Popular Romance Fandom and Political Activism During the Trump Era.”
  • Austin McCoy, assistant professor of history, Eberly, “The Quest for Democracy: Black Power, the New Left, and Progressive Politics in the Post-Industrial Midwest.”
  • Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of musicology, College of Creative Arts, “Hector Berlioz’s Requiem.”

Collaborative Grants (listed by Primary Investigator):

  • Erin Carlson, assistant professor of English, Eberly, “Striving for Cultural Equity in the Arts in West Virginia.”
  • Christine Hoffmann, associate professor of English, Eberly, “Hacking the Library.”

Pedagogy Innovation Grant:

  • Lisa DiBartolomeo, teaching professor of Russian Studies and East European Studies, Eberly, “Howling at the Moon: Werewolves across Cultures.”

Research Support Grants:

  • Melissa Bingmann, director of Public History, associate professor, Eberly, “Better Homes and Cooperative Families: New Deal Subsistence Homesteads as Model for Preserving the Nation.”
  • Karen Culcasi, associate professor of geography, Eberly, “al-Salt Museum of Textbooks: A Cartographic Analysis of World Regional Divisions.”
  • Lara Farina, professor of English, Eberly, “Tactile Readings: Touch and Media in Premodernity.”
  • Sean Lawrence, assistant professor of history, Eberly, “Arcadia Lost: German Money and Ottoman Nature at the End of Empire (1870-1923)”
  • Maria Perez, associate professor of geography, Eberly, “Yearnings in the House of Others: Home and Belonging in Venezulan Science, Education, and Art, 1950-1990.”
  • Devin Smart, assistant professor of history, Eberly, “A Refined World: Africa's Energy Transition in the Twentieth Century.”

The Humanities Center would also like to thank the grants committee, whose time and expertise are invaluable to evaluating the proposals. This year’s committee included Catherine Fonseca, Libraries; James Siekmeier, Department of History; Matthew Titolo, College of Law; and Lisa Weihman, Department of English, with administrative support from the Center’s assistant, Joseph Deal.