Current Professor

Antoinette Burton
CAS Professor of History

Antoinette Burton is a feminist historian of the modern British empire, with a specialty in colonial India. Her research has focused on diasporic Indian women; race and sexuality mobility; postcolonialism and world history; and Victorian imperial culture. She is a author, most recently, of The Trouble with Empire: Challenges to Modern British Imperialism (Oxford 2015); with Dane Kennedy, How Empire Shaped Us (Bloomsbury 2016); and An ABC of Queen Victoria’s Empire (Bloomsbury 2017). She has frequently collaborated with Tony Ballantyne in projects that engage the intersection of colonial and global history. She was the editor of the Journal of Women’s History from 2004-2010 and chair of History@Illinois from 2005-2010. She is the recipient of research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She is the editor of the Duke University Press series, Primers for Teaching History, and she has served the American Historical Association in several capacities, among the program chair for the 2018 annual meeting. She is currently the director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities ( and the Principal Investigator of several grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, including a 15 partner collaborative consortium, “Humanities without Walls” ( She is currently a University of Illinois System Presidential Fellow.