The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized George Mason University as the eighth highest recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the past decade, receiving funding for 37 projects amounting in a total of $5,801,343.
NEH funding has supported a wide variety of research projects lead by faculty in Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. John Turner, for example, a religious studies professor, received an NEH Fellowship this year to finish his book on the history of the Plymouth Colony.
“Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological and Spiritual Impacts of War” was led by Jesse Lee Kirkpatrick, interim director of Mason’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, and Andrew Peterson, assistant professor in the institute.
A significant portion of NEH’s funding to Mason, $5,083,943, was awarded to the Department of History and Art History. By itself, the department received more funding than the humanities portfolios at top research universities such as Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Texas, among many others, and would be ranked as No. 13 if listed based on its funding alone.