Princeton Innovation & Humanities UAF

Fellowship Description

There is considerable interest within academia and at Princeton in the future of the humanities with regard to support for innovation and graduate education, which are interconnected. At Princeton, the Office of the Dean for Research is exploring ways to ensure that our mounting support for innovation and entrepreneurship provides benefits across all research divisions at the University.

Over the years, the Office of the Dean for Research has introduced innovation funds for the humanities as well as funds that support research collaborations between faculty in the arts and the sciences or engineering. The funds have been used to encourage innovation and scholarship on enduring questions via the development of new research, working groups, conferences, data sets, technologies, etc. In addition, Princeton Innovation’s new education programs in entrepreneurship have been designed to support faculty and students from across all four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering). Nevertheless, we have heard from our colleagues in the humanities that they are interested in more significant support, and in particular, initiatives explicitly designed to enhance innovation in the humanities. In our view, new initiatives will require us to re-think certain assumptions and definitions about innovation. We do not wish to create new programs to support innovation in the humanities that are simply copycats of programs already in place to support innovation in the natural sciences and engineering, as this assumes that the needs are the same. 

The Office of the Dean for Research, which has the responsibility to support and grow the research, innovation, and entrepreneurship infrastructure, is developing a report that produces recommendations on how we can become the leading institution that supports innovation in the humanities. The UAF will be integral in developing and curating the recommendations outlined in this report. 

UAF Mentor

Christina Pellicane
Assistant Director of Innovation, Lead Instructor, I-Corps Northeast Hub, Office of the Dean for Research

Christina Pellicane is the Assistant Director of Innovation and Lead Instructor for the NSF I-Corps Northeast Hub at Princeton University and COO at Lignolix, a chemical tech startup. She is a certified national NSF I-CorpsTM Instructor and Lean Launchpad educator at schools and incubators around the world. Most recently, she was the first Director of Commercialization for University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship Center where she managed several initiatives including a $2M Proof of Concept fund and the UD I-Corps Site. 

Current & Former UAF Fellows & Mentors

Avery Agles, GS, CBE
University Administrative Fellow
Jonathan Aguirre *22, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Participant, American Higher Ed & Ethics of AI Learning Cohorts & Professional Development Working Group Member
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Kimberly Akano, GS, REL
University Administrative Fellow
Mai Alkhamissi, GS, ANT
Community College Teaching Fellow
University Administrative Fellow
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Ellen Ambrosone
South Asian Studies Librarian
Anna Arabindan-Kesson
Assistant Professor and Director, Art Hx