Humanities and Arts

Mission and Activity

The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities and Arts fosters interdisciplinary research initiatives that are of compelling interest to the academy at large and that build collaboratively on the emergent strengths in the humanities and arts at Rutgers.

Through a combination of strategic planning among academic units, pilot research funding, and extramural grant and foundation support, faculty from across the many schools and departments that make up Rutgers University–New Brunswick come together to collaborate in innovative ways, discover new forms of scholarship, and address academic expertise to the ever-widening communities that encapsulate Rutgers.

As the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities and Arts, Dr. Henry S. Turner brings more than two decades of commitment to humanities scholarship that weaves together the enduring questions of literature, art, history, and philosophy with the conceptual richness of science, technology, and mathematics.

Research Spotlight

Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History, wins the 2018 Frederick Douglass Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University for her most recent book, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (Atria/37Ink, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Non-Fiction.


Recent Events

New Horizons for Research in the Humanities and the Arts

a hand reaching for a book on a shelfA one-day Research Forum gathered faculty from across the many schools and departments at Rutgers, New Brunswick to showcase new scholarship and chart a future for the Humanities and Arts on campus. (March 29, 2019)



A New Aesthetic Education: Learning to Love Strangeness

Doris SommerA conversation about the future of the Humanities in research and in action. Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. (November 29, 2018)


Digital-Material: Aesthetics in the 21st Century

Mana.pngThe digital has changed the way we think about art. How are emergent technologies affecting material and visual culture, and what roles can art now play outside the professionalized art world? “Digital-Material: Aesthetics in the 21st Century” brings artists and theorists together to generate new approaches to these and related questions. (September 29, 2018)