Our Supporters

Our Current and Past Funding Sources

The Oakhill Prison Humanities Project has been made possible by several grants and awards.

center for humanities

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From 2006-2013, the Public Humanities Exchange, a program of the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, supported ten graduate student projects at the Oakhill Correctional Institute, facilitating the development of new programs and discussion groups, and helping the project not only sustain, but to grow. Public Humanities Exchange award recipients include:

2006-2007: Ray Hsu and Marianne Erhardt
2007-2008: Emma Snyder (English Department)
2009-2010: Naomi Olson (Slavic Department)
2010-2011: Laurel Bastian, Colleen Lucey (Slavic) and Janelle Pulczinski (Comparative Literature Department)
2011-2012: Jesse Stavis and José Vergara (Slavic)
2012-2013: Zachary Rewinski (Slavic)

Professor Manon van de Water and Professor Emerita Judith Kornblatt have secured funding from the following UW sources:


The Baldwin

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The Baldwin endowment reinforces the University of Wisconsin’s public mission by supporting the development of new and innovative projects, or new dimensions to existing outreach and public engagement activities. The endowment supports projects that extend and apply research, education and clinical knowledge in partnership with community and off-campus organizations or co-sponsors to help solve problems.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia has supported the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project since 2013 by providing administrative and logistical support.



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OPHP is supported by a grant for the advancement of area and international studies from the College of Letters and Science, the International Division, and the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with funds originating from a generous Mellon Foundation grant to the College of Letters and Science.


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The Mellon Foundation Area and International Studies Research Award supports academic work that advances area and international studies at the UW-Madison in keeping with the guiding principles of the 2012 Mellon Foundation grant titled, Rethinking Area and International Studies at the UW-Madison.