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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded two grant fellowships to University of Michigan faculty members for their respective work in humanities-based advanced research programs—one focusing on chieftainship in Qing China, the other examining eugenics in America.

Erik Mueggler, professor of anthropology, and Alexandra Stern, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, history, women's studies, and American culture, were among university faculty and independent scholars who received the awards. The $28.6 million in NEH grants will support 233 humanities projects nationwide.

Stern’s $350,000 grant is for her project “Examination of Eugenics in America.” The grant will support the production of an online resource on the history of eugenics in the United States, containing a privacy-protected dataset on approximately 30,000 individuals who experienced involuntary sterilization, along with contextual features such as data visualizations, story lines, and thematic pathways.

The NEH, an independent federal agency created in 1965, supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.