Tiya Miles, Chair of DAAS, was awarded a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities, broadly understood to include the arts, history, languages, area studies, and zones of such fields as anthropology and geography that bridge the humanities and social sciences, who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program enables strong scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards benefit humanistic scholarship more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.