Funded Research

The WHC has successfully raised external funding for a number of world-historical research initiatives.  


The World-Historical Gazetteer

This is a project to create content, standards and digital infrastructure for a World-Historical Gazetteer (WHG). It has two parts. The first is a spatially and temporally comprehensive index of significant world-historical place names (the Spine). The second is a linked data ecosystem, standards, and user tools to support collaborative digital and data-driven historical scholarship at the global scale (the Ecosystem). 

Water in Central Asia

World History Center Director Ruth Mostern, as co-PI along with Dr. Nancy Condee, Director of Pitt's Center for Russian and East European Studies, was awarded a 2018-2021 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to strengthen interdisciplinary connections among Pitt faculty and students across the humanities, social sciences, and pre-professional programs in business and engineering.  The focus of the grant is to develop three new undergraduate courses with linked student engagement activities on the theme of Water in Central Asia, to be rolled out sequentially in Spring 2019 through Spring 2020.  Learn more about the project here.  

The CHIA Project

The Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA, formed 2011) links academic and research institutions in North America and Europe—with ties to institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. CHIA was funded from 2013-2015 through a research grant from the National Science Foundation  (NSF).  Participants in this grant included the WHC, the School of Information Science (now SCI), Harvard University, Boston University, Michigan State University, and the University of California at Merced.  


World-Historical Dataverse serves as the public archive of the CHIA project. Datasets available here were submitted by contributors, retrieved by CHIA staff, or created by linkage of existing datasets. They have been documented systematically according to the CHIA Level 1 standard of documentation. The datasets are curated and preserved permanently according to the practices of Harvard Dataverse.

Mellon History of Science

In 2009, the World History Center partnered with with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the University of Pittsburgh Press in a publishing initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The initiative looked to articulate the study of science (and technology) within world history and to identify global perspectives in the history of science.  Read more.