About the Humanities Institute

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The Humanities Institute tracks its roots to 1998, when Chris Zacher founded the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, later renamed the Humanities Institute. This unit has been an active part of the Humanities at Ohio State since its founding. Built on the principles of collaborative research, interdisciplinarity, and innovation, the Institute naturally formed relationships many other active centers within the humanities.

In Autumn of 2021, the Humanities Centers Consortium (now Institute) was established to provide an organizational home to the Collaboratory and five other peer Centers. The goals of the Institute are to support our centers, amplify opportunities for collaboration among them, and make efficient use of our resources in order to best serve our communities, on campus and beyond.

Our Staff

Barry Shank, Director

Nick Spitulski, HI Manager

Megan Moriarty, Education Program Specialist


  • The Center for Ethnic Studies (which brings together Asian-American Studies, Latina/o Studies and American Indian Studies) 
  • Center for Folklore Studies 
  • Center for the Study of Religion
  • Melton Center for Jewish Studies
  • Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Humanities Collaboratory

Learn more at Centers within the Institute

Humanities Collaboratory

The Collaboratory serves as an incubator for new collaborative modes of scholarship, teaching, and engagement. Among its activities, the Collaboratory curates programming designed to spark new conversations and visions for the future of the humanities, and it actively explores new models of career diversity for humanities PhD’s. While maintaining roots in the long-standing disciplines and departments, the Collaboratory works to facilitate the formation of new constellations of humanities faculty and students—in working groups, initiatives, and centers—all designed to create new knowledge through collaboration with communities on and beyond campus.

Learn more at Humanities Collaboratory.