The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State Newark Assistant Professor Awarded NEH Fellowship

December 30, 2020

Amrita Dhar, assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University at Newark, has been awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Dhar will use the $60,000 fellowship to support research and writing on her first monograph, Milton’s Blind Language, which studies the influence of blindness on English author John Milton’s poetic language in his years of partial and complete loss of sight. Her work examines Milton’s psalm translations, his later sonnets and his last great poetic works, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes.

Dhar began teaching at Ohio State Newark in 2018. Her writing has appeared in Milton Studies, Postmedieval, Shakespeare Bulletin, The Himalayan Journal and various edited collections. She holds a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Michigan, an MPhil in Renaissance English literature from the University of Cambridge (England) and an MA and BA in English literature from Jadavpur University (India).

Her research and teaching interests are in early modern literature, disability studies, migration studies, the environmental humanities and the digital humanities.

NEH fellowships are highly competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences or both.

Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service-learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.