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Prominent Historian Named New Leader of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Prominent Historian Named New Leader of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Antoinette Burton, a professor of history and the Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, has been named Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees. Burton, a noted historian of the British Empire and of women, gender, and feminism, has served as the IPRH’s Interim Director since May 2015. Her new appointment is effective March 16, 2016.

“Dr. Burton’s leadership in the humanities and long service to the campus are noteworthy,” said Peter Schiffer, vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The IPRH is flourishing under her direction, and her trademark energy and commitment to the highest quality research and scholarship will ensure that the program continues to thrive in the years to come."

Burton has deep administrative, research, teaching and public outreach experience, and has received a number of awards for her work, including both Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships. She completed undergraduate work at Yale, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

As Director, Burton will provide leadership and vision for the Program, promoting excellence in research and supporting dialogue that enhances the vibrancy of intellectual and cultural life at Illinois.

“I feel lucky to have been chosen for a job that allows me to help cultivate faculty and student research in the humanities and further connections between IPRH and the whole campus,” said Burton. “Especially in these challenging times, our work is critical to the mission of the land-grant research university and all the publics it serves.”

IPRH supports interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, work that leads to a deeper understanding of people, societies, artifacts, and events, locally as well as globally, in past and present contexts. Noteworthy projects include the Humanities Without Walls Consortium, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in emerging areas of the humanities, and the Odyssey Project, which offers college credit for low-income community members.