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Bailey named interim director of Center for Excellence in Arts and Humanities

By Office of the Vice President for Research

Michael Bailey, professor of history, has been named interim director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH).

Bailey will lead CEAH in its mission to develop programs that strengthen the impact and visibility of Iowa State’s arts and humanities research and provide internal grant support for arts and humanities faculty.

Bailey hopes to maintain and grow the programs begun by the former CEAH director, Chris Hopkins, a professor of music.

“CEAH gives valuable support to Iowa State’s arts and humanities faculty and scholarship, and I want to make sure existing programs all run in place. And then I want to look beyond, search for opportunity, and start talking about where CEAH might go next to help advance arts and humanities research,” said Bailey.

CEAH programs include grants for arts and humanities faculty to organize artistic and scholarly symposia and to conduct research and creative activity. CEAH also organizes events and seminars on arts and humanities topics.

“Research in arts and humanities is important to understanding how people think,” said Bailey “The grand challenges facing our world all involve people and will require new ideas about culture and design. So, arts and humanities scholarship will play a valuable role in taking on these challenges, right alongside research in science and technology.”

Bailey earned a Ph.D. in history at Northwestern University, joined Iowa State’s Department of History in 2003, and is now the director of graduate education. His research interests are in history of medieval topics, ranging from religion, culture, magic, superstition, heresy, and religious dissent. Bailey has previously served on CEAH’s advisory board.