School Funded Projects

School Funded Projects


Jonathan Eller, English and The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies
Indiana Historical Society
“Cataloging the Collection, Phase 1: The Bradbury Office Installation South Wall”
$26,315; one-year project ending June 2018.
This Project is Phase 1 of a 6-phase plan to inventory, catalog, describe in detail, photograph/scan, and create a searchable multimedia database of the contents of the Bradbury Center. Phase 1 will target the diverse documents located in the file cabinets and correspondence boxes located along the south wall of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies’ core exhibit, the author’s home office. The original file cabinets along the south wall of the installation house diverse documents in situ, including correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, and personal mementos. Phases 2–6 of the inventory plan will target, respectively, the Los Angeles filing cabinets (2); the Palm Springs cabinets and Palm Springs miscellaneous documents (3); books, magazines, and art (4); artifacts (5); and audiovisual materials (6).

Jennifer Guiliano, Digital History
National Endowment for the Humanities
"Digital Native Studies Project"
$249,817; two-year project ending January 2018.
The Digital Native American Studies Project will offer three three-day workshops that will educate participants on issues of digital humanities research and methodology in the context of Native American Studies. Native American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study exploring the history, culture, politics, issues, and contemporary experience of indigenous peoples of America, intersects with a number of issues related to access, preservation, and methodology that are problematized through the development and deployment of digital tools and methods and the conduct of digital research. These workshops seek to pay attention to the ways in which digital objects, practices, and methods function within Native communities and through Native American Studies scholarship. SLA's Charli Champion-Shaw, Holly Cusack-McVeigh, and Larry Zimmerman are also leaders on the project.

Marianne Matthias, Communication Studies
National Institutes for Health
"Identifying Communicative Factors Affecting Opioid Management for Chronic Pain"
$324,281; two-year project ending March 2018.
Opioids prescribed to manage chronic pain can lead to misuse, serious medical complications, and even death. In 2009-2010, over 5 million Americans reported using opioids for non-medical purposes in the past month. In 2008, opioid analgesics were involved in nearly 15,000 deaths-more than from heroin and cocaine. It is a public priority to discover successful opioid management strategies for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP) and to translate these strategies into practice. Our long-term goal is to develop and test tailored interventions for physicians to improve their communication with patients about opioid treatment. The purpose of this pilot study is to identify communication strategies patients with CNCP and their physicians use to manage opioids.

Rachel Wheeler, Religious Studies
American Council of Learned Societies
"Songs of the Spirit: The Collaborative Hymnody of the Mohican Moravian Missions"
$81,000; one-year fellowship ending May 2018.
Dr. Wheeler and her musicologist collaborator, Dr. Sarah Eyerly, will explore the adaptation of the German-Moravian hymn tradition in North American mission contexts by focusing on native authored Mohican language hymn texts preserved in the Moravian Church Archives. Wheeler and Eyerly investigate the collaborative process that brought the hymns into existence and the native and European musical and religious traditions that informed their creation, performance, and use. This collaboration provides new insights into the ways music functioned as a site of cultural encounter between European missionaries and native peoples in early America. Wheeler and Eyerly combine their respective expertise in Native American religious history and musicology to investigate the musical, cultural, and linguistic significance of these hymns.


We had fewer applicants for internal grants in FY2017 than previous years. Why not apply for internal funding for your project this year?

Chancellor's Community Fellowship 2016

Paul Mullins and Susan Hyatt, Anthropology
"Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City,"
examines the history and material culture in a series of Indianapolis neighborhoods that are currently effaced, ignored, or misrepresented in public discourse. The goal of the project is to use ethnographic interviews and documentary research to illuminate how otherwise "invisible" neighborhoods provide powerful insights into challenging the histories of the class, cultural, religious and racial inequalities that continue to shape our city.

IAHI, Categories D and E

Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Africana Studies and Religious Studies
“The Other Black Church: Christianity, Democracy, and the Struggle for Freedom”
will fund the completion of Dr. Tucker Edmonds' first monograph. The book is about a specific subset of African American alternative Christian projects throughout the twentieth century and their relationship to African American's struggle for full democratic participation. Unlike previous works that explore alternative Christian movements as outside of mainstream African American culture and life, Tucker Edmonds' book views them as central to African and African American culture and life. Particularly, it addresses the relationship between these alternative Christian projects and African Americans' struggle for full citizenship in the twentieth century.

Wendy Vogt, Anthropology
“Lives in Transit: Economies of Violence, Intimacy and Care along the Migrant Journey in Mexico”
will fund the completion of her book manuscript, Lives in Transit: Economies of Violence, Intimacy and Care along the Migrant Journey in Mexico. Based on a decade of ethnographic research in humanitarian aid shelters, this book chronicles the dangerous journeys of Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. While transnational migration is often conceptualized from the perspective of sending and receiving communities and borderlands, this book turns to the spaces in-between as crucial sites for understanding the lived experiences of migration. Through the powerful stories of migrants and aid workers, Lives in Transit examines the structural and everyday forms of violence that migrants experience as well as the new forms of solidarity that have emerged along transit routes. The project was recently named a winner of the University of California Press Center for Public Anthropology International Competition. This award recognizes innovative scholarship that addresses contemporary social issues with the promise of reaching a wide public audience.

New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship

Owen Dwyer, Geography, on A. Yoon's "Virtual Bethel: Underrepresented History and Primary Source Education through Virtual Reality." The 3D Virtual Bethel will be used as a learning space for undergraduate students' history and primary source education, as users can interact with various types of primary sources (e.g., photographs, videos, audios, and text) to learn about the underrepresented history of African Americans associated with the church. The funding is requested to build a prototype of Virtual Bethel, which will be evaluated for its development methods and its contributions to students' learning experiences.

New Frontiers/New Currents

Jason Kelly, Department of History
Anthropology and the Anthropocene: Structures, Theories, Practices.
This workshop will mobilize current collaborative research and critical inquiry to move beyond both the siloed disciplinary debates and the "two cultures" divide that have dominated so much scholarship on the Anthropocene. It will engage with the Anthropocene as a conceptual system, central to new ways of imagining the humanity's relationship with the planet, as well as a lived reality, in which sociocultural systems and biophysical systems are entangled in feedback loops that manifest unequally across the globe.