Five Humanities Research Projects Receive Digital Extension Grants from ACLS


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 ACLS Digital Extension Grants. The awards of up to $150,000 are designed to advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects. The program, now in its third year, is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“ACLS developed the Digital Extension Grant Program to build new communities of users around high-quality digital research projects in the humanities,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “The diverse set of projects supported by this year’s grants will advance innovative digital research while also bringing scholars together in new constellations of inquiry and providing new means of collaboration.”

Among this year’s funded projects are an enhanced digital hub for exploring early modern English print culture, an interactive archive of over 2,000 unknown and understudied African American novels, and a geospatial platform for discovering and documenting archaeological sites in Andean South America. The awardees plan to extend the communities of users around their projects through inter-institutional collaborations with scholars and students at community colleges, HBCUs, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, secondary schools, and universities in Argentina, Canada, China, Peru, and Switzerland. A multidisciplinary panel of scholars with broad expertise in digital scholarship chose the awardees.

The projects selected for the 2018 Digital Extension Grants are below. For more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

Black Book Interactive Project – Extending the Reach (BBIP-ER)
Principal Investigator: Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas 

Enhancing Scholarly Use of the Corpus of Early Modern Print
Principal Investigator: Joseph F. Loewenstein, Washington University in St. Louis
Co-Principal Investigator: Anupam Basu, Washington University in St. Louis 

Extending GeoPACHA: Geospatial Platform for Andean Culture, History, and Archaeology
Principal Investigator: Steven Wernke, Vanderbilt University
Co-Principal Investigator: Parker VanValkenburgh, Brown University 

Linking Literature, Bioinformatics, and Machine Learning Through the Quantitative Criticism Lab
Principal Investigator: Pramit Chaudhuri, University of Texas at Austin
Co-Principal Investigator: Joseph P. Dexter, Harvard University 

The Freedom of Information Archive
Principal Investigator: Matthew Connelly, Columbia University
Co-Principal Investigator: David Madigan, Columbia University

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $24 million to about 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.