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Kathryn Burns-Howard

Assistant Dean of Student Services

Honors College

Pronouns: she/her


Building & Room:

Burnham Hall



Kathryn Burns-Howard is the Assistant Dean of Student Services in the Honors College, advising students and specializing in Capstone project support. By training, Kathryn is a historian of the United States, having earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in history at Northwestern University, and NACADA graduate certificate in academic advising from Kansas State. Kathryn served as visiting assistant professor of history at Miami University of Ohio, and she has taught and advised at Northwestern, DePaul, University of Chicago, and now UIC. Her New York Times op-ed on the 150th anniversary of the involuntary asylum commitment of Elizabeth Packard is available at: Scholarly interests include 19th-century popular culture, history of Chicago, cultural-legal history, women & gender, and utopian/dystopian literature. Kathryn’s favorite day trips out of the city are Indiana Dunes and the Chicago Botanic Garden.