AIS alumna Dr. Antoinette Burton '79 will lead a major university research and scholarship project funded by a $4.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The grant was made to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to support the work of the consortium Humanities Without Walls.
The consortium strives to "create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation."
Burton, IPRH Director and Principal Investigator, will lead the work made possible by the new grant, supporting the consortium’s two signature initiatives: summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities and cross-institutional, collaborative awards for “grand research challenges.”
A professor at the University of Illinois, Burton teaches courses on modern British history and imperialism, gender and colonialism, autobiography and the archive, approaches and methods and world history. She was also recently named chair of the search committee for Chancellor/Vice President at the University of Illinois.