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Research in the humanities is centered on understanding the human experience through art, literature, language, and cultures across the world. Humanities scholars in LSA are studying everything from the intersection of race and basketball, to the hidden history of American Jewish photographers, to the “one percenters” of ancient Rome.

Meet the Research Associate Dean for the Humanities

Anne Curzan

Associate Dean for the Humanities, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English, Linguistics, and Education

Faculty Profile

Anne Curzan's research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. Her most recent research has focused on how prescriptivism shapes the history of a language, both in terms of actual linguistic change and in terms of the historical narratives we tell. She is also committed to rethinking the teaching of grammar and usage rules in U.S. educational institutions. In her public linguistic work, Curzan is featured on Michigan Radio’s “That’s What They Say” and writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog Lingua Franca.

Units in the Humanities

Asian Languages and Cultures

Research in the Asian Languages and Cultures department focuses on connections—historic, cultural, and economic—between Asia and the outside world.

American Culture

Research in the department of American Culture explores a range of topics from American history and literature to ethnic studies and pop culture.

Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)

The intellectual focus and mission of DAAS scholarship is to reflect on and participate in determining emerging directions in the study and representation of the diverse cultures, experiences and societies of Africans and peoples of African descent across the African continent and diaspora.

Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

The Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan uses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jewish civilizations and thought.

Classical Studies

Classical Studies at the University of Michigan offers an array of useful resources for any scholar who researches the ancient world, including access to libraries, papyrology, and archaeology.

Comparative Literature

The Department of Comparative Literature encourages a global perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies across linguistic, geographical, cultural, and historical boundaries.

English Language and Literatures

Research in the English department is dedicated to four related endeavors: surveying and analyzing the diverse range of texts in the English language; researching and teaching the rich history of that language; fostering exceptional creative as well as critical writing; and studying texts in relation to other cultural phenomena.

Film, Television, and Media

In contrast to the film school or art school model, FTVM offers a well conceived integration of critical studies and creative production that examines American and world film, video art, television, and digital media, as well as the development of particular genres and the careers of individual artists.

Germanic Languages and Literatures

GLL Faculty have methodic training and experience in German and Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Film Studies, Linguistics, Sociology, Philosophy, Business, and Music.


History at Michigan is global, multidimensional, and interdisciplinary, and research is conducted on a range of topics spanning the millenia and covering nearly every geographic region in the world.

History of Art

The Department of the History of Art combines historical depth and cultural range in its research, with long-established strengths in Asian and African as well as European and North American art.

Institute for the Humanities

The Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts.


Researchers in the Department of Linguistics explore language structure, history, knowledge, behavior, and use, and aim to integrate these diverse approaches to language in ways that engender new modes of linguistics inquiry and new research domains.

Kelsey Museum of Archeology

Research—on the collections, through fieldwork, in the museum archives—lies at the core of the Kelsey Museum's activities.

Near Eastern Studies

The Near Eastern Studies Department scholarship covers Near Eastern languages, literatures, civilizations, linguistics, history, Ancient studies, Biblical studies, Egyptology, Medieval Islamic history and Islamic studies.


Research in Philosophy covers ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language & mind, philosophy of science, and aesthetics, as well as the history of Western philosophy, from antiquity to the present.

Romance Languages and Literatures

Research in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) covers the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish languages, as well as the histories, politics, cultures, customs, and literatures of countries that speak Romance languages.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Faculty in Slavic Languages and Literatures specialize in Eastern European Literatures and Cultures, including scholarship that focuses on cinema, architecture, and the visual arts.


Humanities Research Resources*

*Humanities and Social Sciences units share many of the College of LSA's research resources.