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Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81 Endowed Chair for Regional Studies

The Burke Chair is an annual appointment that supports outstanding teaching and research on the Upstate New York region.
The appointment is for both Colgate faculty and leading scholars in and/or on the Upstate New York region. The Burke Chair teaches two courses during his or her appointment and provides lectures open to the campus and the community. Established in 2006 by Stephen Burke '80 and Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81, this chair is supported by an endowment fund created to support and recognize outstanding scholars whose research interests focus on Upstate New York.

Current Chair

Chris Henke teaches students in his course on food at Common Thread FarmChristopher Henke, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, has been named the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, for one year, beginning July 1, 2013.

Henke is a scholar and teacher of science and technology studies, the sociology of work, and the sociology and social history of agriculture and the environment. His scholarly interests center on what he calls the “paradoxical relationship between social order and social change.”

Past Chairs

Dr. Judith Wellman
Professor Emerita at State University of New York at Oswego and Principal Investigator at Historical New York Research Associates. READ MORE

Nicole Simpson
Associate Professor of Economics at Colgate. READ MORE

Faculty Research Funding

Beyond the Burke Chair, we seek to encourage faculty scholarship on, or directly pertaining to, the upstate region of New York by providing support for both the costs of research as well as a stipend award for the Colgate faculty investigator. READ MORE


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