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The Research Unit (RU) is founded on the premise that research in literature and language will figure differently in the university and society of the twenty-first century—that besides making educated persons, these disciplines address some of the most pressing collective questions of the time.

The RU currently embodies the collective work of over a hundred scholars—faculty and graduate students in our five departments and beyond.  Our five Focal Groups – Digital Humanities, Humanities Education, Philosophy & Literature, Poetics, Renaissances - are conceived as portals that open from the Division outward to wider communities of literary and humanities scholars.  The RU also funds research groups in three categories - curriculum development, collaborative projects, and digital humanities - and sponsors nearly one hundred events every year.  Colleagues and graduate students from Bay Area institutions are welcome to join.

In addition to funding research, the RU houses Mantis, a Journal of Poetry, Criticism & Translation.

The Research Unit is affiliated with Stanford's International Initiative.

Contact information

For more information about the Research Unit, or to subscribe to Polyglot, the unit's newsletter, please contact DLCL Administration at or call 650-724-1333.


Research Unit Program Officer


Stanford CMEMS is a multidisciplinary community working together to produce new perspectives on medieval and early modern studies.




Information for Prospective Visiting Scholars and Visiting Student Researchers