The International Programs’ Major Projects Award promotes important contributions to scholarly debates and exchanges on international topics, issues, discoveries, and arts. The Major Projects Award encourages activities or endeavors on a broad scale to enhance international knowledge and understanding for University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students. These may take the form of collaborations, symposia, conferences, lecture series, artistic exhibitions, and performance events. Each project is awarded $12,500 and supported through the generosity of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. See below for a list of recent winning projects.



Bringing to Light International Artist Books Held in the UI Special Collections

  • Julia Leonard, Associate Professor, UI Center for the Book
  • Karen Carcia, Associate Professor of Practice, UI Center for the Book

One Human Race, Many Languages and Cultures: Antiracist and Anti-discriminatory Teaching and Scholarship in World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • Waltraud Maierhofer, Professor, Department of German
  • Helen Shen, Professor, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Jill Beckman, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics


Corruption, the Rise of Populism, and the Future of Democracy Symposium

  • Marina Zaloznaya, associate professor of Sociology and Political Science
  • William Reisinger, professor of Political Science
  • Mihailis Diamantis, professor of Law


Empowered Reading: Re-translation, Performance, and Critique Colloquium (March 28-30, 2019)

  • Sabine Gölz, associate professor, German and Comparative Literature
  • Adrienne Rose, assistant professor, Classics, Comparative Literature, Translation


Art & the Afterlife: Fantasy Coffins by Eric Adjetey Anang

  • Cory Gundlach, graduate student, Art and Art History; UIMA Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
  • Christopher Roy, professor, Art and Art History
  • Isabel Barbuzza, associate professor, Art and Art History


Doing Global History Locally

  • H. Glenn Penny, professor, History
  • Glenn Ehrstine, associate professor, German and International Studies
  • Elizabeth Heineman, professor and chair, History


Parody, Plagiarism, Patrimony: Don Quixote in the Age of Electronic Reproduction

  • Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, associate professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Denise Filios, associate professor, Spanish & Portuguese


Collaboration Between China and United States on Special Education Research and Services for Students with Disabilities

  • Youjia Hua, associate professor, education


Who Will Build the 21st Century? – Addressing Critical Demographic Gaps in the Geosciences and Our Ability to Research, Assess and Utilize Our Natural Resources

  • Bradley D. Cramer, assistant professor, geoscience

Reciprocal exchange of training and research on tropical parasitic disease between the University of Iowa and two federal universities in Northeast Brazil

  • Mary E. Wilson, M.D., professor, internal medicine and microbiology


Iowa City Carnaval Project

  • Loyce Arthur, associate professor, theatre arts

The Latino Midwest

  • Claire Fox, associate professor, English
  • Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, assistant professor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Omar Valerio-Jiménez, assistant professor, history


Comics, Creativity, and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Corey K. Creekmur, associate professor, English/cinema & comparative literature
  • Ana Merino, associate professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Rachel Williams, associate professor, art education/gender, women’s and sexuality studies

Diasporas and Development

  • Mark Sidel, professor, law
  • Meena Khandelwal, associate professor, anthropology/gender, women's and sexuality studies

The Future of Multi-Party Democracy in East Africa

  • James Giblin, professor, history