CUNY Faculty Are Invited to Apply for the Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative Collaborative, Cross Institutional Research Working Groups in Latino Humanities Studies

Call for Proposals

CUNY is one of 16 members of a national consortium that includes all of the R1 (doctoral, research-intensive) universities in the U.S. that are also Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The consortium, which is based at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new project: Crossing Latinidades: Emerging Scholars and New Comparative Directions. The broad goal of is to prepare, support, and mentor Latinx students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and faculty positions in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative invites proposals for its Collaborative, Cross Institutional Research Working Groups in Latino Humanities Studies. The Initiative seeks shared knowledge creation and new ways of thinking to impact the field of Latino Humanities Studies. It proposes a model of deep collaborative, comparative, and cross-regional research to reflect on the changing configurations of Latinos/as/x in the United States.

Ten awards of $310,000 each will be available. The project dates span August 16, 2022, through August 15, 2024, and the proposal deadline will be April 1, 2022. Awardees will be notified on May 1, 2022.

Topics in history, art history, philosophy, comparative literature, languages, drama and music, visual culture, performance studies, theater, sound studies, film studies, gender studies, critical race studies, human geography and other humanities will be considered as well as humanistic approaches to the social sciences with humanities qualitative methodologies.

Proposed research working groups must meet the following criteria:

  • Conduct humanities or humanistic social science comparative cross-regional and cross-institutional research on U.S. Latinos/as/x utilizing humanities methodologies
  • Include a principal investigator (PI) who is tenure line faculty at one of the 16 consortium member institutions and whose research interests lie within the humanities, arts or humanistic social sciences.
  • Include members from at least three Crossing Latinidades consortium member universities
  • Be composed of at least three tenure line faculty from consortium institutions. Non-faculty staff (specialized faculty, research associates, etc.) may be able to participate, with eligibility determined by their home university’s policies
  • Include six consortium pre-dissertation Ph.D. students (three in year one, and three new fellows in year two) who have completed the Summer Institute on Latino Humanities Studies Methodologies and Theories
  • Plan to offer public events such as presentations, symposia, workshops, or dissemination of outcomes including publications that will also engage undergraduate students in the consortium.
  • Consortial Universities include: City University of New York (faculty from all CUNY colleges are able to participate), Florida International University, Texas Tech University, University of Arizona, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Riverside, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Central Florida, University of Houston, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of New Mexico, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at El Paso.

Detailed information about the Collaborative, Cross Institutional Research Working Groups in Latino Humanities Studies and application criteria is posted here. Questions can be directed to Olga Herrera, Director of the Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative at the University of Chicago, at

Proposals should be emailed as a single PDF to:, with a copy to, we would appreciate knowing that you applied.