What are the lab’s current Research Groups?


This research group explores how emotions shape, and are shaped by, nature and culture.  We will discuss various methods for analyzing emotions and workshop research in progress, whether emotions are a central subject of your study, or you’re interested in how emotions might factor into a different topic (MeghanWoolley meghan.woolley@duke.edu).


This working group explores the ways that religious beliefs and practices shape or contribute to significant social, political and intellectual movements.  Research projects currently include: Microworlds of the Protestant Reformation (student projects), Paranormal Microhistories (Robisheaux & students), Global Pietism (Robisheaux and Morgan), and The Politics of Dreams in a Time of War (Robisheaux).


This group provides a community for workshopping research projects about individual women and women-centered events, with an emphasis on gender, race, and sexualities.  Bring to the group a project you’ve already begun or launch a new project with colleagues here. (K. B. Dubois)

What is a “Research Group”?

Research groups are informal working groups organized around thematically defined research interests.  Groups should be defined broadly and not in terms of subfield specialization.  An example: “Religious Microworlds” but not “Reformation Movements in Early Modern Europe.”  Groups should be set up to encourage cross-field discussions of methods, sources, project design, research questions and interdisciplinary links with work in other fields of the humanities and/or social sciences.  Members of Research Groups bring their own research projects into the lab, work on them individually or collaboratively.  Research Groups will develop their own activities that encourage a lively mix of collaborative exploration and individual project development.

Can any Duke faculty member propose and lead a new research group?

Yes.  Contact a convener.