Despite calls for its elimination by the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its mission to support new scholarship and education. Over $1 million of NEH's $39 million 2017 budget has been set asside for projects by 28 "public scholars," including the Department's own Prof. James Shapiro, who will contribute to produce work directed at the general public. Prof. Shapiro will be working on a book about Shakespeare in America.
After spending the past year on campus as a visiting professor, Jack Halberstam is joining the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality as a full professor. “This is a dream job for me for so many reasons,” says Halberstam, “an exciting job in an exciting city with so many fantastic students and colleagues.
Sharon Marcus, Dean of Humanities and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, to complete a book on the history of celebrity, to be published by Princeton University Press. The Institute is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and offers fellowships to scholars at all levels of their careers.