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Courtney Thorsson

Courtney Thorsson, English and 2012–13 OHC Faculty Research Fellow, made significant progress on her book Revolutionary Recipes: Foodways and African American Literature during her OHC fellowship. The book examines the ways culinary discourse and the recipe form describe and theorize race, gender, and class in African American cookbooks, poetry, and fiction. She subsequently went on to receive an Early Career Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation—the most prestigious internal award given to junior faculty at the UO. Thorsson was promoted to Associate Professor this past spring.


The University of Oregon is a research university—research is at the core of everything we do here, including teaching, publishing, and professional advancement. That is why support of faculty and graduate humanities research is a vital and essential part of the OHC’s mission. As recounted in these pages, a term off from teaching to focus on research can make a tremendous difference to a scholar’s progress on a book, article, or dissertation.

We receive many more applications for worthwhile research projects from faculty and graduate students than we can fund each year—we are rarely able to fund even a third of those submitted. Each fellowship requires $12,500 of funding. If you would like to be a part of the ground-breaking work humanities scholars are doing at the UO, please consider making a gift to the OHC in support of faculty or graduate research fellowships. Please contact our colleague Michele Kuhnle at or (541) 346-8631.

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