Dr. Joan Burton, Director
Joan B. Burton is Director of the Individual Studies Program as well as the Federal Fellows Program and Global Fellows 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 is a very strong advocate for public service. In 2012 and 2016, Dr. Burton was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Faculty Mentor, and in 2012, was inducted into ODK. Prior to moving to Maryland, she was full professor and chair of Classical Studies, and also co-founded and served as Director of Comparative Literature at Trinity University, San Antonio. 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 has played violin in benefit concerts at the Kennedy Center in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project. Burton received her Ph.D. in Classics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Joan B. Burton, Ph.D.
Director, Individual Studies Program
Director, Federal Fellows Program
Director, Global Fellows in Washington, D.C.
Affiliate Professor of Classics
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742