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Cam Burkins


Camryn "Cam" Burkins is a second-year student in the joint Library and Information Science (iSchool) and History degree programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After receiving their B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Cam worked in development services in Dallas, TX, for two years before pivoting to tech communications and the Bay Area. While in the Bay, Cam developed an interest in cultural informatics and algorithmic bias, prompting their application to the iSchool. In their joint programs, Cam is investigating the legacy of Black-American people post-Great Migration and how new technology enables old forms of violence, influencing individual perception of reality and collective lived experience. Cam's advisor is Erik McDuffie.


Research Interests

Black-American Diaspora Post-Great Migration

Black Chambana

Black Feminism

Black Transnationalism

Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Critical Technocultural Discourse Analysis (CTDA)


Information Access

Information Experience

Information-Seeking Behavior

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Paris, France Post-Harlem Renaissance

The Spectacle of Black Death

Transnational Feminism


B.S. Civil Engineering; The University of Texas at Austin, 2017

Awards and Honors

American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar, 2023—2024

Additional Campus Affiliations

M.S. Library and Information Science; The School of Information Science (iSchool)

Graduate Research Assistant; School of Art + Design

Graduate Research Assistant; Quantum Science Initiative

Preprofessional Graduate Assistant; Grainger Engineering Library Information Center