Research Apprenticeships

2021 Research Opportunities

To apply for one of these research apprenticeships please fill out an application and return it to or 231 Umrath Hall.

Computation and Literary Form

Assistance is sought for the final stages of research on a book on computation and literary form. The RA will compile basic tables of data from scholarly articles, help track down sources, and create bibliographies. The ideal RA would have a broad interest in literary theory and scholarship and Digital Humanities. Some familiarity with MS Excel and basic library based research would be helpful. The workload should be 5-6 hours per week.

Freedom, Dissimulation, and Resistance in African American Political Thought

Professor seeks research assistant to help with editorial and research projects for publications on African American political thought. Work includes research assistance for a book project, Freedom, Dissimulation, and Resistance in African American Political Thought. This project reconstructs debates about the efficacy and ethics of the dissimulation in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American political thought and investigates the real-life tactics that African American intellectuals and activists employed in their own lives and careers.

RA will have strong research, organizational and editing skills and be able to work 3-5 hours both in Fall and Spring semesters.

Love in Religion, Ethics, and Political Thought

Assistance needed for work on a book on Love in Time, which proposes a view of love for religious, ethical, and political thought. The project spans different literatures in philosophy, critical theory, religious thought, literary theory, and art criticism. The research assistant will be asked to conduct literature reviews for sources concerning the central interlocutors in the text, and to extract formal bibliographies and citations for the texts under discussion. The R.A. may also be asked to assist with light editorial work necessary for preparing manuscripts for submission.  The work requires strong organizational skills and research skills; no foreign languages required. Roughly 4 hours per week.

Queer Theory and Modernism

Undergraduate research assistant sought for remote work on a developing project about modernist studies, queer theory, and digital humanities. No experience in these scholarly fields is required, but some familiarity with navigating journals and databases through our library website is recommended. Student should be comfortable working with Excel, meeting deadlines, and asking questions. All other skills will be developed over the course of the semester. Approximately 4 hours/week, with one biweekly meeting via Zoom. Possibility to continue work for multiple semesters.

Mapping Ottoman Print Culture

"Mapping Ottoman Print Culture" is an effort to digitize and map the development of print culture in the Ottoman Empire from 1726 to 1928, i.e., from the birth of state-backed printing to the death of the Arabic script under the Turkish Republic. 

R.A. needed for fall 2021 and spring and summer 2022.  Knowledge of Turkish (even at beginner level) is required. No knowledge of Arabic script is necessary.  Work schedule is flexible and RA can work from 2-6 hours per week.

Music in Greek and Roman Theatre

Professor of Classics seeks assistance examining and interpreting evidence for music in the performance of ancient Greek and Roman theatre.  Assistant will read ancient plays looking for evidence of music, find relevant bibliography in electronic databases, print bibliographies, and other works, and help compile a database of rhythmic variation in ancient drama.  The following skills are desirable but not required: some knowledge of ancient Greek and/or Latin, experience in theatre, and the ability to read music.  Student can work up to 6 hours per week, including a weekly meeting.

Humanities Digital Workshop

IPH assists the Humanities Digital Workshop (HDW) in recruiting students to work with faculty on computationally-assisted research projects in the humanities. The HDW offers opportunities to join humanities "labs." Visit the HDW website for a comprehensive information on active investigations. Some of the projects on the table are:

Creating a Federal Government

 Principal Investigator: Peter Kastor

Creating a Federal Government explores the functional realities of governance during the early American republic.

The Dada Networks Project

Principal Investigator: Kurt Beals

Drawing on databases and bibliographies of Dada and Expressionist periodicals, the Dada Networks Project uses network analysis to better understand the structure of these movements and the roles of key individuals who mediated between groups of artists and writers.

Early Modern Print

Principal Investigator: Anupam Basu

Early Print offers a range of tools for the computational exploration and analysis of English print culture before 1700. It includes a set of visualizations of the EEBO-TCP as a collection of publications, as well as a historical N-gram browser and a reporting tool for Key Words in Context.

Gender Violence Database

Principal Investigator: Jami Ake

The Gender Violence Database is an accessible searchable tool designed for researchers, practitioners, and the general public interested in the multidisciplinary field of Violence Against Women. Applicants with NGO experience, specialized training (SARAH, Uncle Joe’s, etc.), or coursework related to these topics are preferred. No prior computer skills are necessary (though they are welcome). Visit the Gender Violence Database project page for more information.

Nineteenth-Century Literary Internationalism

Assistance is needed on two projects: a study of German translations and adaptations of Jane Eyre (1848-1920), and the final development of a digital library of 19th-century German books in English translation. Most of the work will involve data-cleanup and proofreading. Prerequisite skills: at least third-semester German, the ability to play close attention to textual detail, the ability (and willingness)  to learn to read typographical characters in German blackletter (Fraktur). 3-5 hours per week (hours flexible).

Rethinking the History of German Literature, 1731-1864

Principal Investigator: Matt Erlin

This project employs the techniques of probabilistic topic modeling to test a set of longstanding assumptions about the periodization of German literary history.

The Spenser Project

The professor and five editors are producing the Complete Works of Edmund Spenser for Oxford UP. The work is being developed as an electronic edition, from which two print versions, and an online archive will be generated. Student RAs do a wide range of research depending on the tasks at hand, ranging from pure research projects, to proofreading the edited text against original witnesses, to writing software to process images and texts. RAs work five hours a week and attend a weekly project meeting. Visit the Spenser Archive for more information.