I am interested in the connections between digital technology and the communication of historical knowledge. The digitizing, cataloging, and archiving of vast amounts of historical texts has transformed the way we research and produce writing about history. The only way to find out which direction we are headed in is by jumping into the fray and experimenting with the vast array of (changing) digital tools and platforms for communicating research in history. Student creativity in digital projects is a joy to behold.
Burton A. Bargerstock is director of the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, director of Communication and Information Technology, and special adviser to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University. His work focuses on institutional culture and support strategies related to community-engaged scholarship and university outreach (e.g., research, professional development, policy advocacy, communication, etc.). He leads MSU’s Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument project, teaches in the MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, and presents/publishes on themes related to community engagement and scholarship in higher education. Burton serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, for which he guest edited a 2012 issue; a section co-editor of the International Journal of Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement; a member of the editorial board of UNBOUND: Reinventing Higher Education; and senior co-editor of the Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement book series (MSU Press). He also directs publication of MSU’s Engaged Scholar Magazine. In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) and elected its president. Currently Burton is a member and former chairperson of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He previously served on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Council on Engagement and Outreach and board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. Burton organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s 2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference and remains active with the organization. On campus, he is president of the MSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
American Literature, Marxism, American Studies, Travel Writing, Built Environment, American Culture, Nineteenth Century Studies, Sociotechnical Systems, Enviromental Humanities, Literary Geography, Nineteenth Century United States, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Literary Regionalism, American Realism and Naturalism, American Realism, Media History, Lacanian theory, U.S. Intellectual History, Spectatorship, American Immigrant Narratives, Phenomenology of Space and Place, Science and technology studies, Environmental Humanities, and Twentieth Century Literature