Kelmer Roe Fellowship

Rona Kaufman, English Department Faculty and Kyomi Kishaba ’20 present research from their Kelmer Roe project at University of Washington.

Rona Kaufman, English Department Faculty and Kyomi Kishaba ’20 present research from their Kelmer Roe project at University of Washington.

The Kelmer Roe Fellowship funds a student to work with a Humanities faculty on a joint scholarly project that “bring[s] the wisdom of the Humanities disciplines to bear on enduring human questions and the contemporary problems of our time.”

  • The Fellowship may cover the summer or work over a regular academic year, but in either case, the student can expect to work approximately 200-250 hours.
  • The Fellowship includes a $3,500 stipend for the student, along with funds for travel and research expenses.
  • Eligibility: Continuing students (i.e., not graduating seniors) who have declared a major in Humanities (English, Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religion), or in an interdisciplinary program.

A Kelmer Roe Fellowship is an excellent way to delve more deeply into the research of your faculty, to make a real and lasting contribution to knowledge, and to build your own CV or resume. For more information, see application materials below or talk to a professor in the Humanities!


History of the Kelmer Roe Research Fellowships

Kelmer Roe was Associate Professor of Greek and Religion at PLU from 1947-1967 and his family members Naomi and Don Nothstein and David Roe, all PLU alums, gave a generous gift to help establish the annual Kelmer Roe Fellowships for student-faculty research in the Humanities in 2003.

The Kelmer Roe fellowships illustrate a vital partnership between past and present generations of PLU students, supporting significant collaborative work between students and faculty in the Humanities.

Building Relationships, Building Scholars – PLU Prism article discusses the importance of Kelmer Roe Fellowships

The 2022-23 fellowships have been awarded. Information for 2023-24 materials will be shared in Spring ’23.

Kelmer Roe Projects


  • Samuel Torvend & Matthew Tabor, “Religious Responses to Hunger and Poverty in Western Washington”


  • Patricia Killen, Roberta Brown, & Asha Ajmani, “Early Washington in the Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqually, 1846-1879”
  • Eric Nelson & Steve Erbey, “A Troubled Look: An Investigation of the Eye and Face in Ancient Medicine and Literature
  • Doug Oakman & Ronan Rooney, “Q, Literacy, and the Galilean Jesus Movement in Social Perspective”


  • Bridget Yaden & Caroline West, “Bilingualism and Biliteracy: Linguistic Minorities and Educational Policies in Oaxaca”
  • Paul Manfredi & Amanda Anuraga, “Contemporary Chinese Art in Global Perspective”
  • Erin McKenna & Lindsey Webb, “Our Next of Kin: Metaphysical and Ethical Questions” PLU News Article: Next of Kin


  • Claudia Berguson & Christy Olsen, “Norwegians and Peacebuilding: Cultural Values, Identity, and Practice”
  • Pauline Kaurin & Calvin Moore, “Moral Implications of Non-Lethal Weapons in War”
  • Kathi Breazeale, Troy Storfjell & Britta Helm, “Selling Wind: Sámi as Witches and Witches as Sámi in Northern European Religious Imagination”


  • Carmina Palerm & Jackal Talorn, “Roots of Migration vs Roots of Community Branches of Survival in a Global Economy” PLU News article: Rethinking the Global Citizen
  • Louis Komjathy & Jeff Rud, “Asian Religions in the Pacific Northwest”


  • Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Kevin O’Brien, & Anna Duke, “Natural Disasters as Moral Lessons: Contemporary Social Ethics and the Church Fathers”


  • Erin McKenna, Danielle Palmer, & Jonathan Stout “Philosophy and Farming” [Also funded by Wiancko Environmental Studies Endowment]


  • Paul Manfredi & Leif Nordquist, “Chai-Na” (“Tear it Down”):  Documenting the End of the Blackbridge Art Village” PLU News article: Tear it Down
  • Tony Finitsis & Jessica Reiter, “A Critical Apparatus for a Modern Greek Edition of the Book of Job”
  • Marit Trelstad & Kristen Lee, “The Role of Lutheran Theology and Lutheran Church in the Namibian Independence Movement”
  • Rebecca Wilkin & Sonja Ruud, “Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reader of Gabrielle Suchon?”  PLU Prism article mentioning Wilkin and Ruud’s collaborative research


  • Art Strum & Jessica A. Lewis, “Religious Practice, Reading Habits, and Humanistic Learning”
  • Lisa Marcus & Nina Hartsel, “Fictions of Jewishness in American Literature”
  • Rona Kaufman & Paula McFadden, “Language Acquisition in the United States”


  • Chuck Bergman &  Nevis Granum, “Laundering Birds:  Exposing the Relations between Legal and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Parrots”  PLU News Article: Free as a Bird – At Last
  • Seth Dowland & Clayton Brachts, “Sports, Christianity, and Manliness”
  • Pauline Kaurin & Peter Joyce, “Moral Considerations in Jus in BelloPLU Celebrates Student-Faculty Research: news article overviews 2013-2014 Kelmer Roe projects


  • Erin MckKenna & Kelli Blechschmidt, “Living with Livestock: Food, Fiber, and Friends”
  • Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Kevin O’Brien, and Jacob Brock, “Ethics, Now and Then:  Patristic Sources and Contemporary Christian Ethics”
  • Elisabeth Ward & Ericka Michal, “Material Identity:  A Study of The Scandinavian Cultural Collection and Scandinavian Immigrants of the Puget Sound Area” 


  • Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, Troy Storfjell, & Kelly Hall, “Language Revitalization and Critical Indigenous Pedagogy”
    PLU News article: Kelly Hall – Indigenous Studies Major
  • Adela Ramos & Clay Snell, “The Lives of Animals:  Humans, Pets, and Literary Form in Eighteenth-Century ‘It-Narratives’” 
  • Leihua Weng & Danielle Villanueva, “Dynamics of Cultural Politics in the Feminist Campaigns in Contemporary China”
  • Wendy Call & Hilary Vo, “Sense of Place on the Page: Research for a New Creative Writing Guide”


  • Nancy Simpson-Younger & Julianna Schaus, “Quotations in the Wimsey-Vane Novels of Dorothy L. Sayers”
  • Michael Zbaraschuk & Haley Gredvig, “The Final Papers of William Hamilton”


  • Art Strum & Matthew Salzano, “Social Justice, Deliberative Democracy, and the University.”
  • Carmiña Palerm & Riley Dolan, “Memory Sites: Mapping the Remembrance of the Indigenous Genocide in Guatemala.”  PLU Prism article: The Importance of Global Research
  • Bridgette O’Brien & Collin Ray, “Gender, Dark Green Religion, and Civic Activism: Exploring Ultra-Endurance Runners’ Role in the Development of a Planetary Citizenry.”  PLU Prism article: The Trail to Social Justice


  • Rona Kaufman & Kiyomi Kishaba, “Homeland in the Jungle?  Jewish Refugees in Uruguay in the Twentieth Century”
  • Erik Hammerstrom & Peter Bomann, “Pedagogical Uses of Role-Playing and Simulation Games in College-Level Religion Courses”
  • Christian Gerzso & Elizabeth Postovoit, “Tweeting Authoritarianism: An Analysis of U.S. Political Discourse, 2015-2018”


  • Wendy Call & Mathilda Magga, “Sense of Place on the Page: A Writing Guide”
  • Erik Hammerstrom & Janelle Brockman, “Dissemination of Buddhist Imagery to the West via East Asian Popular Culture”


  • Jen Smith & Emery Kim, “Post-Human, Post-Pandemic: Unlocking the Liberatory Potential of a Trans Heuristic in the Time of COVID-19
  • Ayana Freeman & Giovanna Urdangarain, “We Were Here First: Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and Spanish Colonialism in Trinidad and Tobago”


  • Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen & Marit Gjelde-Bennett, “Embracing Puerperal Purgatory: Margery Kemp, Religious Identity and Reproductive Health”
  • Michael Schleeter & Keegan Dolan, “A Classical Liberal Critique of Economic Inequality”