Department of Humanities

Faculty Research

The Department of Humanities faculty are active in a wide range of research activities.

Some Illinois Tech humanities faculty members regularly secure grant funding to support multi-year research projects, while others are placing articles in the top publications of their fields, and frequently interviewed by the media. Some are at work writing their next books and presenting excerpts at conferences, and others are receiving national acclaim for their latest books.

Recent Faculty Successes

Associate Professor of History Mar Hicks won the 2019 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from the American Historical Association for their book, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2018). The prize is "widely considered to be [one of the two] most prestigious prizes in the field of European history," according to the American Historical Association website. Read more about Hicks’s book award.

In summer 2019 Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Carly Kocurek was awarded a two-year, $145,965 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Games for Girls: Informing the Future." Kocurek is now using the grant to study the achievements and shortcomings of the Games for Girls movement of the 1990s, which was designed to draw girls to video games and computing. Learn more about the project at the NSF website.

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions Elisabeth Hildt is engaged in multiple grant-funded research projects with colleagues in the ethics center. One recent project, "A Bottom-up Approach to Building a Culture of Responsible Research and Practice in STEM," was supported by a three-year, $335,800 grant from the National Science Foundation that spanned 2016 to 2019. Learn more about the project.

For more information about faculty research interests, awards, and publications, visit the bio pages of individual faculty members.

“I decided to write Programmed Inequality because I saw so many women of older generations who had been, or still were, in computing—from my boss when I was a system administrator to my mother, who had been a programmer. I knew there were a lot of women who had done this work, and then somehow the gender of the field had flipped. Nobody really talked about how and why that happened.”

—Mar Hicks, Associate Professor of History and Winner of the 2019 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize

Mar Hicks

Featured Faculty

Many faculty members in the Department of Humanities are actively securing research grants, presenting at conferences, and publishing their work in both academic journals and mainstream news publications—in addition to writing award-winning books.

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Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Director of Graduate Studies
Warren Schmaus
Professor of Philosophy Associate Chair of Humanities
Mar Hicks
Associate Professor of History
James Dabbert
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Humanities
Margaret Power
Professor of History Director, Dual Admission Honors Law Program Pre-Law Advisor
Elisabeth Hildt
Professor of Philosophy Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
JD Trout
John and Mae Calamos Endowed Chair in Philosophy