Six projects led by A&L faculty receive Notre Dame Research internal grants

Author: Joanne Fahey

Six projects led by faculty in the College of Arts & Letters at Notre Dame, along with their collaborators at partner universities, have been awarded funding through Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program. Two types of grants were awarded during this cycle, the Faculty Research Support Regular Grant and the Faculty Research Support Initiation Grant.

“During a most challenging year, Notre Dame faculty have continued to demonstrate their drive, creativity, and passion for solving some of the world’s most pressing issues," said Patricia L. Clark, associate vice president for research, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and director of the Biophysics Instrumentation Core Facility. "I am thankful that University is able to provide support for these important scholarly efforts and I look forward to seeing their future impacts and outcomes.”

The 2021 Faculty Research Support Regular Grant awardees in Arts & Letters are as follows:

Nikhil Menon, assistant professor in the Department of History, to research “A History of India's Search for Soft Power.”

Alexis Torrance, the Archbishop Demetrios Associate Professor of Byzantine Theology in the Department of Theology, for a study on “Doing Theology in Byzantium: Between Scholasticism and Contemplation.”

The 2021 Faculty Research Support Initiation Grant awardees are as follows:

John Betz, associate professor in the Department of Theology within the College of Arts and Letters, for a research project titled, “F.W.J. Schelling’s Philosophy of Revelation: A Critical Edition of the Original Lectures.” Marcela García-Romero, associate professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, is a collaborator on the project.

Kraig Beyerlein, associate professor, and Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt, assistant professor, both in the Department of Sociology within the College of Arts and Letters, are co-principal investigators for a project called, “The Promise of Finding Faith in Urban Areas: Novel Methods for Locating Chicago Congregations to Study Their Effects on Community Outcomes and Dynamics.” Matthew Sisk, associate librarian in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship within the Hesburgh Libraries, is a co-investigator on the project.

Katie Bugyis, assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and concurrent assistant professor in the Department of Theology in the College of Arts and Letters, for work on “Women’s Rites: A Website for the Study of Christian Women’s Religious Communities in Medieval Europe, 900–1500.” This project is a collaboration with Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy in the Departments of Music and Theology and Director of the Program in Sacred Music within the College of Arts and Letters.

Meredith S. Chesson, professor in the Department of Anthropology and concurrent professor in the Department of Gender Studies within the College of Arts and Letters, for research entitled, “Traditional Rural Lifeways, Sustainable Rural Futures: Historic and Contemporary Communities in the Bova region of southern Calabria, Italy, 1800 – 2021.” Additional collaborators on this project include Issac T. Ullah, associate professor of anthropology at San Diego State University, William Donaruma, associate professor of the practice within the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre;  Hamish Forbes, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Nottingham; Giovanni Iiriti, emeritus professor and independent scholar; Ian Kujit, professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Letters; Paula Lazrus, professor of sociology and anthropology at St. John’s University; Kostalena Michelaki, associate professor in the School of Evolution and Human Change at Arizona State University; and Maria-Olimpia Squillaci, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Naples.

Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program seeks to support faculty researchers and programs with the goal of advancing the University’s research enterprise, scholarly output, and creative endeavor. In conjunction with Notre Dame International, Notre Dame Research currently has open opportunities through the Notre Dame-Durham University Seed Grant Program. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022.

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