Fall 2015 Induction Speaker

Dr. Joan Burton is Director of the Individual Studies Program as well as the Federal Semester Program and the newly launched Global Semester in Washington, D.C. She is also Affiliate Professor of Classics at the University of Maryland and serves on the Office of Undergraduate Studies Administrative Council. She has a passion for interdisciplinary studies and for empowering students, and she is a very strong advocate for public service. She came to Maryland in 2008 from Trinity University, San Antonio, where she was Chair and Professor of Classical Studies and also co-founded and served as Director of Comparative Literature (she is now Professor Emerita). She has also held teaching appointments at Howard University and at the University of California, at Berkeley and at Santa Cruz. Dr. Burton has research interests in Greek cultural history.

In addition to articles and book chapters, her publications include Theocritus’s Urban Mimes: Mobility, Gender, and Patronage (1995) and A Byzantine Novel: Drosilla and Charikles (2004). She was a Mellon lecturer in 2002 and has worked closely with museum communities, including as guest curator. She recently played violin in a benefit concert at the Kennedy Center in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project. Burton received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information about Induction, please visit the Prospective Students page.