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Plant Humanities Initiative

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The Plant Humanities Initiative is developed in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks and generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The goal of this initiative is to foster the development of new forms of interdisciplinary research through scholarly programming, the exploration of primary sources, and scholarly tool-building.


The advisory committee provides critical guidance as we determine the digital tool concept to develop, as well as subject matter expertise, digital humanities expertise, and general support for the project.

  • Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
  • Sir Peter Crane, President, Oak Spring Garden Foundation
  • Martin Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Programs & Initiatives, Smithsonian Libraries and Program Director, The Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Londa Schiebinger, The John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University
  • Vanessa Sellers, Humanities Research Coordinator, The Humanities Institute, The New York Botanical Garden
  • John Unsworth, Dean of Libraries, University Librarian, Professor of English University of Virginia