Humanities Council Fellowships

Since 1978, the West Virginia Humanities Council has offered fellowships to encourage and support in-depth research and writing within a humanities discipline.  Since then, we have awarded nearly 300 fellowships, which have often resulted in books, conference papers, and scholarly articles. Some of the fellows and the work supported by Humanities Council fellowships are listed below.


Catherine Venable Moore

The Book of the Dead






Kristen Lillvis

Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination



Travis Stimeling

Fifty Cents and a Box Top: The Creative Life of Nashville Session Musician Charlie McCoy








Kimberly M. Welch

Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South









Leslie Anne Warden

Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt



Sam Stack Jr.

The Arthurdale Community School: Education and Reform in Depression Era Appalachia



Burnis Morris

Carter G. Woodson: History, the Black Press, and Public Relations








John Whitehead

Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation









David Woodward

The American Army and the First World War



Robert G. Parkinson

The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution








Adam Komisaruk and Allison Dushane

The Botanic Garden by Erasmus Darwin



Brian P. Luskey

“Special Marts: Intelligence Offices, Labor Commodification, and Emancipation in Nineteenth-Century America,” in Journal of the Civil War Era, September 2013, vol. 3, issue 3


Jeff Rutherford

Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front: The German Infantry's War, 1941–1944



Chris Green

The Social Life of Poetry: Appalachia, Race, and Radical Modernism



Kate Kelsey Staples

Daughters of London: Inheriting Opportunity in the Late Middle Ages



David E. Mills

Dividing the Nile: Egypt's Economic Nationalists in the Sudan, 1918-56



Christopher Wilkinson

Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942









Beverly J. B. Whelton

“The Nursing Act Is an Excellent Human Act: A Philosophical Analysis Derived From Classical Philosophy and the Conceptual System and Theory of Imogene King,” in Middle Range Theory Development Using King’s Conceptual System



Montserrat Miller

Feeding Barcelona, 1714-1975: Public Market Halls, Social Networks, and Consumer Culture



Susan C. Power

Art of the Cherokee: Prehistory to the Present



Robert Bridges (and Mary Schultz 1990)

Blanche Lazzell: The Life and Work of an American Modernist








Mary Tiffany Ferer

Music and Ceremony at the Court of Charles V: The Capilla Flamenca and the Art of Political Promotion







Sam F. Stack, Jr.

Elsie Ripley Clapp (1879-1965): Her Life and the Community School



Elizabeth Fones-Wolf

Waves of Opposition: Labor and the Struggle for Democratic Radio







Ken Fones-Wolf

Glass Towns: Industry, Labor, and Political Economy in Appalachia, 1890-1930s








Gerald Milnes

Signs, Cures, & Witchery: German Appalachian Folklore



John McLaughlin

The marzēaḥ in the Prophetic Literature: References and Allusions in Light of the Extra-Biblical Evidence



Deborah R. Weiner

“Jewish Women in the Central Appalachian Coalfields,” in American Jewish Archives Journal 52, nos. 1 and 2, 2000.



Linda Tate

Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative



Fawn Valentine

West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echoes from the Hills








Stephen Cresswell

Multiparty Politics in Mississippi, 1877-1902



Linda Tate

A Southern Weave of Women: Fiction of the Contemporary South



Wayne R. Kime

The Sherman Tour Journals of Colonel Richard Irving Dodge


The Black Hills Journals of Colonel Richard Irving Dodge



Gerald Milnes

Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia







Janet Snyder

Early Gothic-Column Figure Sculpture in France: Appearance, Materials, and Significance







Janet E. Snyder

“Standardization and Innovation in Design: Limestone Architectural Sculpture in Twelfth-Century France,” in New Approaches to Medieval Architecture


Fellowship Grants

Fellowships were established to encourage and support in-depth research and writing within a humanities discipline. Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced study and research that will enhance their capacities as teachers, scholars, or interpreters of the humanities.  Fellowships allow the individual to devote time to investigation, reflection, and writing. The $3,000 grants are unique in the Mountain State.

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