Antoinette Burton is a historian of 19th and 20th century Britain and its empire, with a speciality in colonial India and an ongoing interest in Australasia and Africa. She’s written on topics ranging from feminism and colonialism to the relationship of empire to the nation and the world. Women, gender and sexuality have always been central to her research, much of which has been concerned with the role of Indian women in the imperial and postcolonial imagination. She’s edited collections about politics, mobility, postcolonialism and empire and have frequently collaborated with Tony Ballantyne.
At Illinois she teaches courses on modern British history and imperialism, gender and colonialism, autobiography and the archive, approaches and methods and world history. She is currently working on a comprehensive study of empire on the ground in the 19th century.
Her most recent publications are Empires and the Reach of the Global (Harvard 2012) with Tony Ballantyne, The First Anglo-Afghan Wars: A Reader (Duke, 2014), An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie (Illinois, 2014) with Mary-Ann Winkelmes and Kyle Mays, and Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons (Duke, 2014) with Isabel Hofmeyr.
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Nancy Castro began her appointment as IPRH Associate Director in spring 2012. She is also an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Dr. Castro came to IPRH from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, where she was an Associate Director of Foundation Relations, aiding faculty and campus units with their private foundation grant-making and stewardship.
Dr. Castro came to Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2001. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and received a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, from which she also holds M.A. and M.Phil. degrees. She has since served as an Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Caribbean and U.S. Literatures, at Baruch College, CUNY (1998-1999), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-2009). She has published on the subject of the Caribbean novel and, in 2002-2003, was a fellow of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
Dr. Castro has also worked in the consumer magazine industry in New York City. Prior to her arrival at Illinois, she was the Managing Editor of Worth Magazine, a finance and lifestyle magazine with a circulation of more than 500,000. She has also held editorial positions at Details Magazine at Condé Nast, and at Time Out New York.
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IPRH Office Support Specialist
Stephanie Uebelhoer joined IPRH staff in August 2001 and currently holds the position of Office Support Specialist. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
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Kelly is the Communications Coordinator for IPRH. Previously, Kelly worked for the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Illini Union marketing department, and the digital marketing department of Wilton, Inc. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in New Media art and a minor in Informatics.
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Jason B.P. Mierek
Project Manager, Humanities Without Walls
Jason joined IPRH in May 2014 as the Visiting Project Manager for the Humanities Without Walls consortium. He comes to IPRH from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he served as Office Manager. He has been with the University of Illinois for almost a decade; before managing the office of Landscape Architecture, he provided staff and student support in the College of Fine and Applied Arts Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Office of International Programs. He also taught world and Asian religions, in face-to-face and online contexts, at Parkland College from 2003–2013. Previously, he worked in various aspects of publishing, first as the Direct Sales Coordinator for the American office of Lonely Planet Publications, and later as Production Coordinator for Publication Services, Inc.
Jason received his B.A. in religion and bio-social studies from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned his M.A. in Buddhist studies from The Naropa Institute. When he isn’t working with IPRH, he may be found reading a variety of books, puttering in his garden, brewing hoppy beer, composing surreal collages, rolling 20-sided dice around a gaming table, singing with his work-in-progress band, and relaxing at home with his wife and daughter.
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Grants Specialists, Humanities Without Walls
Paula Baucum-Williams joined the IPRH staff in July 2016. Paula has been affiliated with the University of Illinois for a number of years and has worked in numerous departments including the Big 10 Academic Alliance, Enterprise Works, and the School of Information Science.
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IPRH Coordinator for Digital Scholarly Communication
Kevin Hamilton is an artist and researcher with the University of Illinois, where he has served in the New Media and Painting Programs since 2002. He also holds appointments in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, and the Center for Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security. At Illinois Kevin serves as a Co-Director of the Center for People and Infrastructures in the Coordinated Science Lab, and leads Learning to See Systems, a new interdisciplinary research and training effort funded through the Graduate College. Beginning in the Fall he will also begin a new appointment as a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.
Kevin’s research-based artistic work spans the domains of Public Art, New Media, and the Digital Humanities. Long-term collaborative projects include historical and theoretical work on the history of interface representations in mediated violence, with a special emphasis on government-produced films related to nuclear weapons development. This research also includes the creation of experimental interactive works for accessing deep multimedia archives.
As an educator, Kevin is focused on integration of practice-based and theoretical approaches to learning about technological mediation. This work has included the development of several interdisciplinary project-based courses and workshops for students from the sciences, arts and humanities, with emphases on prototyping, reflection, and methodologies of collaboration.
Recent artistic work has included a commissioned public project on the history of cybernetics for the State of Illinois at the Institute for Genomic Biology, a performance at Links Hall Chicago on racial and religious histories of the Colorado Rockies, a comic book on local race histories for the City of Urbana, Illinois, and a collaborative video about telephone communication for the ASPECT DVD series.
Recognition for his work has included grants from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, presentation at conferences across Europe and North America (ISEA/ DEAF/CAA/NCA/ACM-SIGCHI), publication in edited journals and anthologies (Routledge/CCCS/Palm Press/UCLA), and invited residencies (Banff/USC-IML/Bratislava). He holds a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.
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Our Advancement Officer is Tony Pomonis (English ’02). Tony expanded the local chain of MerryAnn’s Diners from one location to four, and he offers his own experience as proof that a humanities degree equips you with the skills needed for career success. You can reach out to him as well (217-300- 3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Tony will be traveling the country regularly and may be in your neighborhood soon!
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