Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Brown University Humanities Initiative

Advancing disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research through high-profile faculty appointments and programming awards.

Launched in 2010 as a collaboration between the Cogut Institute and the Office of the President, the initiative is a major, long-term investment in the humanities at Brown that advances disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work both within the humanities and between the humanities and the social and natural sciences.

Humanities Initiative Scholars

The Humanities Initiative defines six faculty positions at the distinguished chair level whose role and significance will combine scholarly and teaching distinction with collaborative projects within and beyond the humanities.

Guidelines to nominate a Humanities Initiative Scholar

Humanities Initiative Scholars

  • Portrait of Tina Campt

    Tina Campt

    Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities, Professor of Modern Culture and Media
    At the Cogut Institute: Humanities Initiative Scholar; Director, Black Visualities Initiative
  • Portrait of Leela Gandhi

    Leela Gandhi

    John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English, Shauna M. Stark '76 P'10 Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
    At the Cogut Institute: Humanities Initiative Scholar; Director, Humanities in the World
  • Portrait of Paul Guyer

    Paul Guyer

    Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy
    At the Cogut Institute: Humanities Initiative Scholar
  • Portrait of Andrew Laird

    Andrew Laird

    John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities and Professor of Hispanic Studies
    At the Cogut Institute: Humanities Initiative Scholar; Director, Center for the Study of the Early Modern World
  • Portrait of Peter Szendy

    Peter Szendy

    David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature
    At the Cogut Institute: Humanities Initiative Scholar; Director, Economies of Aesthetics; member of the institute's governing board

Faculty Programming

$321,800

in funding since 2013

72

collaborative faculty projects supported