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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, botanical science, art history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine 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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  • Botanical Collections: Search The Huntington’s living botanical collections, an active herbarium, cacti and succulent collections, and more. Search >
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News from the Director of Research

Jan. 2024 - We are pleased to welcome our newest member of the long-term fellows cohort, Hannah Anderson, who joined us in January after completing her first semester as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.



Also in this issue:

  • Fellowship Competition
  • Upcoming Lectures and Conferences
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Introducing the 2023–24 Huntington Fellows

This year, The Huntington has awarded long-term research fellowships to 12 individuals who will be in residence for the full academic year and 126 short-term fellowships (for between one and five months), as well as six travel grants for study in the United Kingdom, Spain, and France. These fellowships were selected through a competitive, peer-review process that provides $1.4 million in awards.

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Fellowships

The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually. Applicants for long-term (yearlong) fellowships must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. 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.

David Roediger

R. STANTON AVERY DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
David Roediger, Professor, History, University of Kansas
Casting Friday: Robinson Crusoe and the Making of Race

Jennifer Jahner

FLETCHER JONES FOUNDATION DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Jennifer Jahner, Professor, English, Caltech
Arts of Conjecture: The Medieval Origins of Modern Prediction

Peter Mancall

ROBERT C. RITCHIE DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Peter Mancall, Professor, History, University of Southern California
The Poisoning: A War Crime in Early Virginia and the Origins of English America

Thavolia Glymph

ROGERS DISTINGUISHED FELLOW IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN HISTORY
Thavolia Glymph, Professor, History, Duke University
Playing ‘Dixie’ in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire, and Citizenship, 1869-1882

Gordon Chang

LOS ANGELES TIMES DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Gordon Chang, Professor, History, Stanford University
Histories of Anti-Asian American Violence

Gabriela Soto Laveaga

DIBNER DISTINGUISHED FELLOW IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor, History, Harvard University
Troubles Below the Waterline: Contaminated Groundwater, Indigenous Struggles, and Hunger Solutions from Mexico’s Yaqui Valley, 1950-2015

Lois Rosson

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER FELLOW
Lois Rosson, Historian, History, Berggruen Institute
Scientific Realism and American Astrofutures: Octavia Butler and the Space Environment

Hannah Anderson

DIBNER RESEARCH FELLOWS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Hannah Anderson, Fellow, History, University of Toronto
Lived Botany: Settlers and Natural History in the Early British Atlantic

Sean Silver

DIBNER RESEARCH FELLOWS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Sean Silver, Associate Professor, English, Rutgers
The Motley Emblem: Tristram Shandy and the Empire of Color

Bernadette Pérez

DANA AND DAVID DORNSIFE FELLOW
Bernadette Pérez, Assistant Professor, History, University of California - Berkeley
The Violence of American Sugar

Hilary Buxton

FLETCHER JONES FOUNDATION FELLOW
Hilary Buxton, Assistant Professor, History, Kenyon College
Disabled Empire: Race, Care and the First World War in Imperial Britain

Hayley Cotter

KEMBLE FELLOW IN MARITIME HISTORY
Hayley Cotter, Lecturer, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst
From Shipboard to Book Board: A Material History of Early Modern Maritime Law

Honor Sachs

MELLON FELLOW
Honor Sachs, Associate Professor, History, University of Colorado at Boulder
The Book of Judith: A Story of Law, Family, and Mixed-Race Ancestry in Slavery and Freedom

Shannon McHugh

MOLINA FELLOW IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE & ALLIED SCIENCES
Shannon McHugh, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, University Massachusetts Boston
Women’s Reproductive Lives in Renaissance French and Italian Lyric Poetry

Erika Perez

NEH FELLOWS
Erika Perez, Associate Professor, History, University of Arizona
Knowing Her Place: Gender Regimes, Sexual Cultures, and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century California

Abigail Swingen

NEH FELLOWS
Abigail Swingen, Associate Professor, History, Texas Tech University
The Financial Revolution and the Politics of Moral Crisis in Early Modern Britain

Jennifer Saracino

BARBARA THOM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Jennifer Saracino, Assistant Professor, History of Art/Architecture, University of Arizona
The Uppsala Map (c. 1541): Indigenous Visions of Mexico-Tenochtitlan

Jessica Beckman

BARBARA THOM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Jessica Beckman, Assistant Professor, English, Dartmouth College
The Kinetic Text: A Poetics of Movement in the Age of Print

Kristina Borrman

BARBARA THOM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Kristina Borrman, Assistant Professor, School of Design and Construction, Washington State University
Banking by Design: Paul Revere Williams and the Architectures of Financial Activism

Savannah Esquivel

FLETCHER JONES FOUNDATION FELLOW IN THE HUNTINGTON-UC PROGRAM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE HUMANITIES
Savannah Esquivel, Assistant Professor, Art History, University of California - Riverside
The Sights and Sounds of the Colonial Mexican Monastery

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209 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 209 books published by long-term fellows.