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Our mission is to nurture the humanities locally and globally, engage diverse perspectives past and present, and enrich public dialogue with humanistic approaches.

We foster creative scholarship, transformative teaching, and intellectual collaboration by bringing the work of humanities departments and programs into dialogue with the creative arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and technology.

The Humanities Council is the academic home to the undergraduate certificate program in Humanistic Studies and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, as well as the certificate program in Journalism.

We support certificate programs in American StudiesEuropean Cultural StudiesLinguistics, and Medieval Studies, along with graduate initiatives in the Ancient World, Classical Philosophy, and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

In close partnership with the postdoctoral Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, we foster intellectual exchange within and across the humanities and affiliated social sciences. We also bring the campus together for major intellectual occasions such as the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, the annual Belknap Visitor in the Humanities Council, and the annual Humanities Colloquium. We host distinguished scholars from around the world who spend a period of time in residence in Princeton participating in the life of the University through our Visiting Fellows program.

We build community among our faculty through the Old Dominion Professors, Behrman Professors, and two interdisciplinary discussion groups: Old Dominion Faculty Fellows, members of the faculty from all four divisions who come together for monthly seminars; and the Behrman Fellows, associate professors who meet regularly for discussion. 

Our work is making connections, among ideas and people, and our classrooms and lecture halls are centers for Princeton’s diversity and intellectual energy.

Students having a lively conversation on the Princeton Campus
Eric Gregory – Chair

Eric Gregory


Kathleen Crown, Executive Director

Kathleen Crown

Executive Director

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The Humanities Council is a meeting place for faculty and students from 16 humanities departments and more than 30 interdisciplinary centers and programs.

See a full list of participating programs and committees.