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U-M HistoryLabs

U-M HistoryLabs mobilize the power of history for real-world impacts that contribute to the common good. Reimagining the humanities, U-M HistoryLabs bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates as investigators and lab members in long-term research projects that involve both curricular and extracurricular components. Projects are often developed in collaboration with community partners.  

U-M HistoryLab students become coauthors of digital humanities and multimedia projects aimed at diverse public and academic audiences, gaining valuable career-related experiences in research, digital technology, and collaboration. Read "In the Public Eye," an LSA Magazine feature on the launch of U-M HistoryLabs. 

Faculty and graduate students interested in starting a HistoryLab should begin by reading the Start-Up Guide, checking out the Resource Guide, and learning about the U-M HistoryLabs Development Fund

Current HistoryLabs

Crafting Democratic Futures Project

Partner: Crafting Democratic Solutions Project (Center for Social Solutions)

Principal Investigators: Rita Chin, Earl Lewis

Project: Case books covering the global context of reparations

Curating African American History at UMMA

Partner: University of Michigan Museum of Art

Principal Investigator: Jason Young

Project: Collaborate with UMMA staff in advance of “Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina” exhibition 

Environmental Justice Lab

Partner: Ecology Center

Principal Investigators: Matthew Lassiter, Matthew Woodbury


History of the Book

Principal Investigator: Helmut Puff

Project: Online or in-person exhibition

The Philippines and the University of Michigan

Partner: ReConnect/ReCollect: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan

Principal Investigators: Deirdre de la Cruz, Ricky Punzalan

Project: The Philippines and the University of Michigan, 1870-1935 (additional contributions to digital exhibit)


Policing and Social Justice Lab

Principal Investigator: Matthew Lassiter


Race, Local History, and Sundown Towns in the United States

Principal Investigator: Stephen A. Berrey

Project: Contributing to the Sundown Towns digital exhibit documenting history of sundown towns

Past History Labs

Collaborative Research in the Holocaust

Partner: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Principal Investigators: Rita Chin, Jeffrey Veidlinger

Project: Content for Experiencing History: Holocaust Sources in Context digital collection

Collaborative Research with the DIA

Partner: Detroit Institute of Arts

Principal Investigators: John Carson, Anthony Mora

Project: K-12 digital teaching tool

Great Lakes Environmental Justice Lab

Partner: School for Environment and Sustainability

Principal Investigator: Perrin Selcer

Project: Michigan Sustainability Cases: The Rouge River: Redlining, Riverbanks, and Restoration in Metro Detroit (case study)

Inside the AHA: Race and the Institutional Histories of the American Historical Association

Partner: American Historical Association

Principal Investigators: Angela D. Dillard, Katherine French

Project: Client-based institutional research

Living and Dying in Late Medieval London

Partner: London Metropolitan Archives

Principal Investigator: Katherine French

Project: Digital exhibit mapping Late Medieval London

Looking for Asian Americans at U-M and in Michigan

Partner: Bentley Historical Library

Principal Investigator: Hitomi Tonomura

Project: Deconstructing the Model Minority at the University of Michigan (exhibit)

Politics of Academic Freedom

Partner: Bentley Historical Library

Principal Investigator: Howard Brick

Project: Jointly authored research paper