Meghan Burke Named Professor of the Year
Assistant Professor of Sociology
April 19, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University students have voted Meghan Burke as
the 2013 Professor of the Year. The annual election is coordinated by Illinois Wesleyan’s
Burke, an assistant professor of sociology, will address the Class of 2013 at the
Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5.
Joining the Illinois Wesleyan faculty in 2009, Burke teaches courses such as “History
of Social Thought,” “Race & Ethnic Relations” and “Community & Urban Sociology.” Burke’s
research areas include racial discourse and white racial identity, and she is active
in the teaching and learning committees for the American Sociological Association
and the Midwest Sociological Association.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Burke co-directs the Engaging Diversity
program at IWU. The program invites interested students from the incoming first-year
class to participate in three days of meetings and activities to learn how to meaningfully
engage diversity while at IWU. Burke also serves as faculty advisor to the Sociology
Club and WISER (Whites Interested in Self-Exploration and Resisting Racism).
Burke recently published her first book, titled Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities: Whiteness and the Power of Color-Blind
Ideologies. The book explores the ways that people who care about diversity struggle to reconcile
their goals with the mandates of a color-blind society.
A native of Michigan, Burke received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State
University in Allendale, Mich. and earned her doctorate at Loyola University in Chicago.
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