The American Council of Learned Societies Announces 2021 ACLS Digital Extension Grant Awardees

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Program Supports Digitally-Based Research Projects That Advance Inclusive Scholarship in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences

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“Digital projects in the humanities uncover and provide access to collections and materials that might have been hidden from sight or not even considered worthy of collecting.”

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 ACLS Digital Extension Grants.

The Digital Extension Grant program supports collaborative, team-based humanities and interpretive social sciences projects that advance inclusive scholarly practices and promote greater understanding of diverse human experiences through digital research. The grants of up to $150,000 are also designed to extend the reach of established digital initiatives to new communities of users. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Digital projects in the humanities uncover and provide access to collections and materials that might have been hidden from sight or not even considered worthy of collecting,” said ACLS Vice President James Shulman. “We’re excited to see how this year’s Digital Extension awardees contribute to forward-looking work that builds fields and scholars’ careers, and will shape the scholarship of tomorrow.”

The projects awarded grants this year will bring together scholars working at a range of institutions of higher education, including small liberal arts colleges, regional comprehensives, research universities, and historically Black colleges and universities.

This year’s grantees are:

Laila Shereen Sakr (Principal Investigator, University of California, Santa Barbara), Susana Ruiz (Co-PrincipaI Investigator, University of California, Santa Cruz)

Annette Kim (PI, University of Southern California), Bryan Carter (University of Arizona), Jonathan Crisman (University of Arizona), Sonja L. Lanehart (University of Arizona)

Victoria Gallagher (PI, North Carolina State University), Candice Edrington (High Point University), Elizabeth Nelson (North Carolina State University), Max Renner (Molloy College), Cindy Rosenfeld (North Carolina State University)

Charles Denton Johnson (PI, North Carolina Central University), Jarvis L. Hargrove (Co-PI, East Carolina University), Jaime Amanda Martinez (Co-PI, University of North Carolina, Pembroke), Richard Cox (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Claire E. Heckel (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Rachael Scarborough King (PI, University of California, Santa Barbara), Emily Kugler (Howard University), Danielle Spratt (California State University, Northridge)

Robert K. Nelson (PI, University of Richmond), LaDale Winling (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)

Learn more about the 2021 ACLS Digital Extension Grantees and their projects at this link.

Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

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