Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellows - 2013-2014

Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellows - 2013-2014

Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. 

Funded by the Center’s general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships are available to faculty from any UNH department or program whose research falls within the humanities.


Jeffry Diefendorf
Professor of History

Urban Change and Urban Identity: Cologne, Basel, and Boston, 1920-1965

 Jeffry Deifenforf will focus on writing chapters and doing additional research for a new book entitled Urban Change and Urban Identity: Cologne, Basel, and Boston, 1920-1965. The book will have chapters on such topics as civic architecture such as city halls, public festivals such as carnival, traffic planning, and historic preservation movements. Diefendorf writes, “The goal of this book is to determine what most shapes urban identity—long-term continuities, dramatic or normal changes, efforts to modernize a city or efforts to resist change.”Diefendorf, who is the Pamela Shulman Professor of European and Holocaust Studies, has published seven books in urban history and Holocaust studies.

Douglas Lanier
Professor of English

America’s Shakespeare Commemorated, 1864, 1916, 1964

Douglas Lanier will use his Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship to make progress on his project, America’s Shakespeare Commemorated, 1864, 1916, 1964. His research will examine the ways in which Shakespeare became a part of American public culture at what Lanier describes as “key moments in Shakespeare’s cultural afterlife.” Lanier, whose earlier book on Shakespeare in popular culture was very well received, plans to publish this book in conjunction with Shakespearean commemorations planned for 2016.

Josh Lauer
Assistant Professor of Communication

The Good Consumer: A History of Credit Surveillance and Financial Identity in America

Lauer’s research documents the rise of the consumer credit bureau in the United States, from its origins in 19th-century merchants associations to the development of computerized credit reporting and scoring systems in the 1960s. He writes that his work is guided by an urgent contemporary concern, “Where did the modern concept of ‘financial’ identity come from and how has it contributed to the economic objectification of American citizens?”


R. Scott Smith
Associate Professor of Classics

Tension Between Derivation and Innovation in the Works of Seneca

RSS writes, “Ten plays have been handed down to us under the name of Seneca the Younger (ca. 4-65 AD), nine tragedies on mythical themes and one historical drama. These tragedies, once ignored as derivative and therefore inferior to their Greek counterparts, have over the past forty years or so experienced a revival.”  The issue Smith will focus on, as he lays the foundation for a book, will be the tension between derivation and innovation in Seneca’s works, focusing on the writer’s use of Greek myth, especially ancient secondary sources that organized and presented that body of mythology.

Cord Whitaker
Assistant Professor of English

Whitaker's research focuses on Chaucer, late medieval romance, and racial and religious discourses in late medieval English literature.


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The Center for the Humanities, established in 1986, supports humanities research by faculty from across the university. The
Center hosts and sponsors faculty research fellows, faculty seminars, lecture series, and many public programs. By doing so,
the Center endeavors to inspire and cultivate innovative research, excellence in teaching, and a commitment to public service
as a means of expanding the relevance of the humane disciplines to the university and the world beyond campus.

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