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MIT Press announces inaugural recipients of the Grant Program for Diverse Voices

The grants expand funding for authors whose work brings diverse and chronically underrepresented perspectives to scholarship in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
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The MIT Press Grant Program for Diverse Voices provides support for the research and writing of new works. 2023 grant recipients include (top row, left to right) Jessica Esquivel and Kimberly Juanita Brown; (middle row, left to right) Terresa Moses, Allissa Richardson, Omari Souza, and Leila McNeill; (bottom row, left to right) Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian, Ashley Lee Wong, and Álvaro Huerta.

The MIT Press has announced the first recipients of the Grant Program for Diverse Voices. Launched in 2021 to expand funding for authors whose experience and knowledge of diverse communities informs books that meet the highest standards of peer-reviewed scholarship, the initiative provides support for the research and writing of new works. 

“The MIT Press has a proud legacy of bold, socially engaged publishing that champions the sharing of information and ideas from diverse perspectives,” says Amy Brand, director and publisher of the MIT Press. “As part of our enduring commitment to diverse voices and perspectives, we are proud to support these authors with grants to support the preparation and publication of their work.” 

Grant Program for Diverse Voices Recipients: 

  • “Mortevivum: Photography and the Politics of the Visual,” by Kimberly Juanita Brown
  • “Reparative Media: Cultivating Stories and Platforms to Heal Our Culture,” by Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian
  • “Our Queer Universe: Deconstructing Definitions, Producing Particle Beams, and Examining Entangled Identities,” by Jessica Esquivel 
  • “Jardineros/Gardeners: Cultivating Los Angeles’ Front Lawn with Brown Hands, Migrant Networks, and Technology,” by Álvaro Huerta   
  • “A Candle in the Cosmos: Henrietta Swan Leavitt and the Extraordinary Legacy of Her Luminous Universe,” by Leila McNeill
  • “An Anthology of Blackness: The State of Black Design,” edited by Terresa Moses and Omari Souza 
  • “Canceled: How Smartphones and Social Media Democratized Public Shaming,” by Allissa Richardson 
  • “Emergent Economies of Art and Technology: Temporalities and Aesthetics of Art and Practice,” by Ashley Lee Wong

Book titles are not finalized and are subject to change. 

The Grant Program for Diverse Voices supports new or returning authors from diverse backgrounds. Grants can support a variety of needs, including research travel, copyright permission fees, parental/family care, developmental editing, and other costs associated with the research and writing process. Diverse Voices grant applications are evaluated twice a year, in the spring and the fall.

The grant program is supported by the press’s Fund for Diverse Voices, a gift fund that champions the publication of new books by underrepresented groups at the MIT Press. The Fund for Diverse Voices has received generous support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and individual donors.

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