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Cam Burkins


Camryn "Cam" Burkins is a second-year student in the joint Library and Information Science (MSLIS) and History (MA) degree programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cam has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on water resources and development services. At the University of Illinois, Cam is investigating the legacy of Black-American people post-Great Migration and how new technology enables old forms of violence. Cam's is advised by Dr. Erik McDuffie.


Research Interests

Black-American Diaspora Post-Great Migration

Black Champaign-Urbana

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

Preprofessional Graduate Assistant; Grainger Engineering Library Information Center