Current Research Clusters

Research Clusters are groups of faculty and graduate students from the University of Illinois campus who work together to explore particular questions or subjects in the humanities and arts.

The following are the Research Clusters that have received funding from IPRH for the 2019–20 academic year.

The “Animal Turn”


Jane Desmond Anthropology
Jamie Jones English

Community Healing and Resistance through Storytelling C-HeARTS Collaborative


Carla D. Hunter Psychology
Ruby Mendenhall Sociology / African American Studies / Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Nkechinyelum Chioneso Psychology, Florida A&M University
Shardé Smith Human Development and Family Studies
Helen Neville Educational Psychology / African American Studies
Robyn L. Gobin Kinesiology and Community Health

Cross-Cultural Understandings of Power Harassment in Higher Education: Awareness and Actions


SHAO Dan East Asian Languages and Cultures
Colleen Murphy Philosophy / Law
Assata Zerai Sociology / Assoc. Provost for Faculty Excellence

Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics


Courtney Becks University Library
Susan Becker Art + Design
Mimi Thi Nguyen Gender and Women’s Studies / Asian American Studies

Medical Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies


Andrew Gaedtke English
Stephanie Hilger Germanic Languages and Literatures

Transformative Learning Through Zine Making


Sarah Christensen University Library
Leon Liebenberg Mechanical Science and Engineering

Understanding Movement Style and Social Interactions Through Participatory Performance: Development of An Interactive Performance Concept for Research On Style Preferences


Amy LaViers Mechanical Science and Engineering
John Toenjes Dance / Informatics Institute–I3