IDRH Grant Recipients

The IDRH has consistently supported faculty, staff, and students through a variety of grant programs throughout our history. A record of past grant programs, awardees, and selection criteria is available below.

Seed Grants


Parthenon Frieze in Color

P.I.: Phil Stinson (Classics) & Chad Kraus (Architecture)

Awarded January 2020

The working title of a planned future exhibit at the Wilcox Classical Museum is “The Parthenon Frieze In Color”. Using digital technology and the collection’s existing plaster casts, the subject of the exhibit is the original—now lost—painted decoration of the Parthenon Frieze (5th c. BCE) from the Athenian Acropolis in Greece. The fact that ancient sculptures were originally brightly colored in paint and other applied polychromatic decorations is a rich subject of research today (Abbe 2015; Talbot 2018). Experimental reconstructions into the original appearance of ancient sculptures based on scientific research have appeared in exhibits in Europe and the United States over the last decade. We aim to create the first permanent one-to-one scale digital remediation of the polychromy of the Parthenon Frieze in a teaching-museum setting.


After #BringBackOurGirls: Hashtag Feminism in Nigeria

P.I.: Stacey Vanderhurst (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) & James Yeku (African & African-American Studies)

Awarded January 2020

This project envisions an interdisciplinary and collaborative investigation of hashtag feminism in Nigeria. We propose using digital and ethnographic tools to analyze how social media technologies have reshaped political activism amongst Nigerian women, from the 2014 #BringBackOurGirls campaign to a range of more recent campaigns against sexual violence. By combining analytical tools for web scraping of social media data with immersive on- and off-line study of the people behind the content, it leverages the full tools of the digital humanities to better understand the gendered technologies of citizenship, in Nigeria and around the world.


KU Editorial Branch of the American World War I Poetry Digital Archive

P.I.: Lorie Vanchena, Associate Professor, Germanic Languages & Literatures

Awarded March 2015

This project focuses on poetry written by immigrants in America during World War I (1910- 1920). These poems exist in non-digital formats widely dispersed throughout North America and Europe. The Archive creates a single resource of digitized poems, scholarly transcriptions, annotations, and contextual materials, making the poems gateways that help users understand the broader historical, national, cultural, and ethnic contexts. This project not only centralizes and makes accessible this unique poetry, it also provides scholarly analysis demonstrating how WWI shapes our world today.


From The Brushes of Ancient Scribes: An Online Database and Intuitive Visualization Interface for Research into the Fifth-Century BC Wenxian Covenant Texts

P.I.: Crispin Williams, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Awarded March 2013

The grant will fund the construction and initial data entry for an online database critical to realize the full research potential of the Wenxian Covenant Texts. The website’s sophisticated search options and intuitive visualization interface will reveal complex relationships between these texts, their media, provenance, script, scribes, and language. Software will include MySQL, PHP, XHTML with CSS, HTML5. The pilot study will attract external funding, ensuring the project’s completion. This will result in publications, a public website, and a new Open Source visualization interface.


Digital Resources for Second Language Acquisition Research: An Annotated Longitudinal Corpus of Learner German

P.I.: Nina Vyatkina, Assistant Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Awarded May 2011

This project aims to annotate, analyze, and make publicly available a digital longitudinal corpus of writing samples collected from American learners of German at dense time intervals over several semesters. This project will advance the digital humanistic scholarship by applying a new annotation schema developed specifically for learner language, evaluating the output of this annotation, and publishing the corpus and studies afforded by this annotation. This international project will combine the PI’s language acquisition expertise and the collaborator's computational linguistics expertise.

KanDEL: Kansas Developmental Learner Corpus

Additional publications:

Vyatkina, N. (2016). KANDEL: A developmental corpus of learner German [Journal Articles]. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research2(1), 102–120.

Selection Criteria

Teaching Grants


Marcy Lascano

Department of Philosophy

Course Title: Digital Cavendish

Fall 2019 | PHIL 400

A project-based class in philosophy? Yes! This course is a class in philosophy and digital humanities.

We will have three goals: (1) to mount an open access, searchable, user friendly text of Margaret Cavendish’s Philosophical and Physical Opinions (1663). In doing so, we will discuss (2) the philosophical issues concerning the availability of 17th century women’s philosophical works and its connection to the marginalization of women’s works in the philosophical canon. We will also discuss issues in digital humanities as they relate to our choices in mounting this text for public and scholarly consumption. Finally, (3) we will study Cavendish’s work and evaluate it in context of the development of her vitalistic materialistic monism.

All students will also work on a final digital humanities project involving either the philosophical issues involved in open access text/recovery of women’s writing and/or on the philosophical content of the Cavendish text.

No prior technical skills are required.


Ani Kokobobo

Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Course Title: The Russian Novel through the Digital Humanities: Decentering Russia through Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Fall 2016 | SLAV 512

In this course we rely on several DH visualization tools to challenge conventional views of the canon and foreground Russia’s regions.

Course website


Bruce Hayes

Department of French & Italian

Course Title: Introduction to Graduate Studies


Laura Mielke

Department of English

Course Title: American Literature I


Stephanie Fitzgerald

Department of English

Course Title: The Digital World of Louise Erdrich


Nina Vyatkina

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Course Title: Advanced German I

Utilizes an online corpus of German texts. The corpus allows students to perform database queries, the results of which can be used for language and text analysis.


Crystal Hall

Department of French & Italian

Course Title: Manzoni in the Digital Age

Students create a website detailing their findings throughout the course. They employ topic modeling, visualization and mapping through such tools as Voyant ToolsWordle and ArcGIS Explorer.


Jonathan Lamb

Department of English

Course Title: Digital Shakespeare


Doug Ward

School of Journalism

Course Title: Infomania: Harnessing information in the digital age 

Promotes digital literacy and the use of digital tools for research and collaboration, with tools and sites such as PoppletEvernote and Diigo.

Selection Criteria