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.

New nominations are not being accepted at this time. Revised nomination guidelines will be communicated.  

Humanities Initiative Scholars

  • 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 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 University Professor of Comparative Literature and the Humanities
    At the Cogut Institute: Humanities Initiative Scholar; Director, Economies of Aesthetics

Emeritus Humanities Initiative Scholar

Faculty Programming


awarded since 2013


collaborative faculty projects awarded funding