2024-25 HRI Fellows Announced

The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has awarded its annual Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships to seven faculty members and seven graduate students from the campus for the 2024–25 academic year. The theme for the year is “Think Again...

Please join HRI in congratulating the new fellows!

HRI Campus Fellows

Faculty Fellows

Angela J. Aguayo (Media and Cinema Studies), “Collective Matters: Documentary Film Practice and Public Engagement in the US, 1970-Present”

Toby C. Beauchamp (Gender and Women’s Studies), “Trans Studies for Grim Times”

Angela Calcaterra (American Indian Studies), “Bearing Arms: US Gun Violence and Indigenous Relationality”

Jamie Jones (English), “The Affordances of Energy: Imagining Fossil Fuels in the 19th and 20th Centuries”

Charlesia McKinney (English), “Pandemic Pleasure Pedagogies: Black-American Women’s Strategies of Survival”

Edward O’Byrn (African American Studies), “Existence Precedes Enslavement”

Alexia Williams (Religion and African American Studies), “Race to Sainthood: Roman Catholicism & the US Racial Imagination”

Graduate Fellows

Alana Ackerman (Anthropology), “Rethinking War Across Borders: Violence, Refuge, and the ‘Colombian Armed Conflict’ in Quito, Ecuador”

Chelsea Birchmier (Psychology), “‘Searching for the Nexus’ Between Two Movements: Fight for $15 and Possibilities for Black Worker Struggle in St. Louis, Missouri”

Sharayah L. Cochran (Art History), “Dangerous Photographs: What’s the harm in documentary?”

Anna Sophia Flood (English), “Slavery’s Eerie Presence: The Graphic Gothic’s Capturing of Dark Histories and Distorted Futures”

Lázaro García Angulo (Spanish and Portuguese), “‘Yet Another Woman-Man’: Representations of Gender Nonconformity in Spain, 1880-1939”

Austin Hoffman (Anthropology), “The Bite that Binds: Care, Violence and Liminality in Wolf Sanctuary”

Nathan Tanner (Education Policy, Organization & Leadership), “Document-Based and Oral Histories of Diné Experiences in the Mormon Indian Student Placement Program, 1945–2000”