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Research & Fellowships

The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library, art, and botanical collections.

Each year, some 2,000 scholars in the fields of history, literature, art history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine, and botanical science, come from around the world to conduct academic research in The Huntington’s library, art, and botanical collections. The scholarship that is carried out in the reading rooms results in academic monographs and scholarly articles, in bestselling and prizewinning books, in acclaimed documentary films, and in many of the history and social studies texts used to educate the nation’s schoolchildren. The Huntington also disseminates research through an extensive program of academic conferences, workshops, seminars, and lectures.


Using the Collections

  • Library Collections: Researchers from over 30 countries visit the Library’s reading rooms annually to study rare collections while thousands more make use of the Library’s virtual services and digital collections remotely. Get access >
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Fellowships

The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually. Applicants for long-term (year-long) fellowships must have completed all requirements for the PhD at the time of application. Short-term fellowships (five months or less) and travel grants/exchange fellowships (for study abroad) are open to both doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline and to faculty members and other postdoctoral scholars.

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Academic Conferences

The Huntington hosts academic conferences every year open to the public. Conference details are available approximately two months prior to the conference date on the calendar.

Awarded Fellowships

Meet the current long-term fellows and learn about their research projects at The Huntington.

Hollis Clayton

R. STANTON AVERY DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Hollis Clayson, Professor Emerita, Art History, Northwestern University

Topic: The Inescapability of the Eiffel Tower

Andy Wood

FLETCHER JONES DISTINGUISHED FOUNDATION FELLOW
Andy Wood, Professor, History, Durham University
Topic: Letters of Blood and Fire: Authority and Resistance in England, 1500-1640

Andrés Reséndez

ROBERT C. RITCHIE DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Andrés Reséndez, Professor, History, UC Davis
Topic: The Magellan Exchange: Transpacific Contact and How America Changed China and China Changed the World

Ian Smith

LOS ANGELES TIMES DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Ian Smith, Professor, English, Lafayette College
Topic: The Skin You’re In

Anne Hyde

ROGERS DISTINGUISHED FELLOW IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN HISTORY
Anne Hyde, Professor, History, University of Oklahoma
Topic: Indian Killers and Pioneer Mothers: A Deep History of the U.S. West

Bennett Jones

DIBNER RESEARCH FELLOW IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Bennett Jones, Post-doc, History, Northwestern University
Topic: ‘The Indians Say’: Settler Colonialism and the Scientific Study of North America, 1722 to 1848

David Rex Galindo

DANA AND DAVID DORNSIFE FELLOW
David Rex Galindo, Assistant Professor, History, UAI Santiago
Topic: Chinigchinich: Epistemological appropriations, the Juaneño/Luiseño, Fray Jerónimo Boscana’s texts, and California Anthropology

Amy Froide

FLETCHER JONES FOUNDATION FELLOW
Amy Froide, Professor, History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Topic: The Charitable Corporation: A Cautionary Tale of Financial Fraud in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Kevin Dawson

KEMBLE FELLOWSHIP IN MARITIME HISTORY
Kevin Dawson, Associate Professor, History, UC Merced
Topic: African Diaspora Maritime History

Michelle Karnes

MELLON FELLOW
Michelle Karnes, Associate Professor, English and the History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame
Topic: Interanimalia: The Species of the Medieval World

Edward (Halley) Barnet

MOLINA FELLOW IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE & ALLIED SCIENCES
Edward (Halley) Barnet, Visiting Assistant Professor, History, Hamilton College
Topic: From Music to Modern Neuroscience: An Alternative History of the Modern Sciences of the Brain

Corinne T. Field

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES FELLOW
Corinne T. Field, Associate Professor, Women, Gender & Sexuality, University of Virginia
Topic: Looking Old: A U.S. History

Alison Perchuk

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES FELLOW
Alison Perchuk, Associate Professor, Art, Cal State Channel Islands
Topic: Medieval California: Medieval Art, Neomedieval Architecture, and White Identity in the Golden State, 1850–1960

Brett Rushforth

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES FELLOW
Brett Rushforth, Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon
Topic: Rebel Slaves, Rebel Planters: Informal Economies and Negotiated Power in Eighteenth-Century Martinique

Gabriel Bloomfield

BARBARA THOM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Gabriel Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, English, United States Naval Academy
Topic: Lyric Reading: Interpretive Poetics in the Age of Donne

Vanessa Ovalle Perez

BARBARA THOM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Vanessa Ovalle Perez, Assistant Professor, English, Cal State San Bernardino
Topic: Latina Social Poetics: The Literary Exchanges of California Poetisas and Escritoras

Juliet Sperling

BARBARA THOM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
Juliet Sperling, Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Washington
Topic: Tactile Encounter and the Moving Image in American Art

Dmitri Levitin

FELLOW IN THE ROGERS/RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AT CALTECH AND THE HUNTINGTON
Dmitri Levitin, Fellow, Oxford University
Topic: The Myth of English Exceptionalism

Thomas Balcerski

OCCIDENTAL/BILLINGTON VISITING PROFESSOR IN U.S. HISTORY
Thomas Balcerski, Associate Professor, History, Eastern Connecticut State University
Topic: The Greatest Party Ever Known: A History of Democrats from Jefferson to Biden

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154 Books Published by Fellows

Huntington fellowships support quality research that advances scholarship in the humanities and makes use of The Huntington's extensive archival and rare book collections. Since 1995, there have been 154 books published by long-term fellows.