The Humanities Collaboratory

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The JHU Humanities Collaboratory provides opportunities for emerging humanities students from Community Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country to participate in an intensive and innovative summer research experience through the Humanities For All Program and the Leadership Alliance First Year Research Experience (FYRE).

The Humanities Collaboratory was a pioneering pedagogical design created in 2017 by Assistant Dean Natalie Strobach with funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Leadership Alliance, and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. It innovates a highly scalable, student-centered approach to guiding independent student research through peer modeling, moving beyond the one-to-one student/mentor model to develop students as subject experts.

With this model, the Collaboratory can bring together students from different branches of humanities scholarship to work together constructively while pursuing individual research projects. In some ways, this collaboratory is modeled after scientific lab research: while each student will be working towards an individual project, everyone will be gathered together in one location and encouraged to observe and engage their peers and instructors in our high-tech classroom.

The program is the first of its kind and represents an important pathway into research for humanities students nationwide, bringing together Community College, HBCU, and MSI students with instructors Dr. Strobach, Dr. Julie Lirot (Assistant Director), Dr. Caitlin Larracey (postdoctoral fellow), and three graduate student instructors.

The Collaboratory requires an in-person residential commitment. In addition to the stipend of $5750, we also will cover housing at Johns Hopkins.

See a past Humanities Collaboratory schedule. This is only a sample. The core texts are determined by your individual project.

Stories from the Collaboratory

Many of the Humanities Collaboratory participants were in the midst of mapping out their futures, and for them, the summer was a turning point. Read their stories to learn more about their unique research projects, what they learned during the 10 weeks, and what they plan to do next.

Videos from the Collaboratory

An Inside Look at the Humanities Collaboratory

Listen as students share the experiences, skills, and knowledge they’ve gained from the Humanities Collaboratory.

Humanities Collaboratory Student Presentations

At the end of the summer, students present the results of their 10-week research project to the community.