The American Council of Learned Societies Awards 14 Project Development Grants

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Program Provides Vital Support to Faculty at Teaching-Intensive Schools Enabling Them To Advance Promising Research In the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences

ACLS is proud to support faculty at these schools who remain committed to work in their classrooms, as well as contributing scholarly excellence to the academy.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce 14 new awardees for its Project Development Grants program.

Now in its fourth year, this ACLS program offers flexible support to faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities whose research projects will significantly advance humanistic studies and interpretive social sciences. The program targets faculty teaching a greater number of courses per year than their colleagues at more research-focused institutions, such as community colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and regional comprehensive universities.

“At a time when teaching-intensive colleges and universities continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of funding and resources, ACLS is proud to support faculty at these schools who remain committed to work in their classrooms, as well as contributing scholarly excellence to the academy,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “We are pleased to recognize these dedicated scholars, whose promising work advances the humanities and interpretive social sciences and directly engages with students and communities across the nation.”

Projects awarded grants for the 2021-22 academic year represent schools from across the country and a wide range of subject materials, disciplines, and methodologies, reflecting ACLS’s commitment to inclusive excellence. This year’s awardees are:

  • The Borderlands of Inclusivity: Jovita González and the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, which explores the life and work of Jovita González, an historian, folklorist, writer, teacher, and civil rights activist in the first half of the twentieth century. (Philis M. Barragán Goetz, Assistant Professor, History, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, San Antonio, TX)
  • Electing Violence: Post-Election Violence in Africa, which provides an explanatory framework addressing what accounts for post-election violence, and variations in its intensity, in Ghana, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire. (Faith Okpotor, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA)
  • To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States, examines a high school Ethnic Studies program as a framework for more humanizing and liberating educational policy, English Learners program development, and teacher practice. (Luis Ernesto Poza, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, San José State University, San José, CA)

Learn more about the 2021 Project Development grantees and their projects here.

Each grantee receives $5,000 which may go toward any costs that will support their project, including travel; research assistance; course buyout or summer salary; and other research- or project-related expenses.

Project Development Grants are competitive and awarded as a component of the ACLS Fellowship program. The program is funded by the ACLS endowment, to which many individuals and institutions have contributed, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arcadia Charitable Trust, the ACLS Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, former fellows, and individuals and friends.

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.

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