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Plant Humanities Initiative


Plant Humanities Fellows and scholars working at Dumbarton Oaks to further the field of Plant Humanities will integrate primary sources (botanical illustrations, rare books and manuscripts, herbaria specimens, etc.), online resources such as JSTOR Global Plants and the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and secondary literature in order to narrate and foster the exploration of the cultural histories and influence of plants.

Meet the Team

Courtney Randolph, Taylor Johnson, Ashley Buchanan, Yota Batsaki, and Anatole Tchikine

Advisory Committee

  • Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
  • Sir Peter Crane, President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation
  • Martin Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Programs & Initiatives and Program Director, BHL / Associate Director, Smithsonian Libraries and Program Director, The Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Londa Schiebinger, The John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University
  • Vanessa Sellers, Humanities Research Coordinator, The Humanities Institute, The New York Botanical Garden
  • John Unsworth, Dean of Libraries, University Librarian, Professor of English, University of Virginia



Plant Humanities Fellowships

Annual Plant Humanities Fellowships provide research and professional development opportunities for advanced graduate students, recent PhD graduates, and recent Master of Landscape Architecture graduates
Jul 01, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019

Plant Humanities Summer Program

Program for advanced undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in plants from perspectives as different as botany, botanical exploration, the history of science and medicine, environmental studies, art history, and the history of the book and botanical illustration

Faculty Residencies

Weeklong summer residencies pair college instructors and faculty from a broad spectrum of institutions, including four-year teaching institutions and community colleges, with library and curatorial staff