The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of D. Bradford Hunt to the position of Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. Dr. Hunt will arrive at the Newberry from Roosevelt University, where he has held a variety of positions as a professor and an administrator since 2001.
As Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Dr. Hunt will oversee the Newberry’s fellowship and scholars-in-residence programs, its undergraduate seminars and graduate-student programs, and the four research centers promoting scholarly engagement with subject areas represented in the library’s collection: the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the Center for Renaissance Studies, and the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture. He will also collaborate closely with other Newberry leaders in the development of large-scale research projects that have scholarly as well as public humanities outcomes, including exhibitions, various forms of publication, and public programming.
“The Research and Academic Programs division, which came into existence in the 1970s, is an essential element in the successful ongoing pursuit of the Newberry’s mission, by which we promote the use of our collection and help facilitate the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the humanities,” said Newberry President David Spadafora. “Brad Hunt’s experience, both as a scholar and teacher and as a mentor to other scholars, has made him eminently qualified to contribute to the growth and cultivation of our scholarly and academic community while extending the Newberry’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for the general public. His considerable accomplishments as an administrator have prepared him well to manage this important division of the institution. We welcome him to the Newberry with very great enthusiasm and high expectations.”
Most recently, Dr. Hunt has served as Vice Provost for Adult and Experiential Learning and as Dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies at Roosevelt University. In the former role, Dr. Hunt has led a university-wide initiative to address the needs of adult undergraduate students, partnering with colleges within Roosevelt to structure programs accommodating these students’ work schedules and family responsibilities. As dean, he oversees a diverse group of professors, whose areas of expertise range from hospitality and tourism management to English as a second language.
Dr. Hunt graduated cum laude from Williams College and received his PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a tenured professor of social science and history at Roosevelt since 2007. His research focuses on the history of public housing and city planning in Chicago, subjects on which he has published extensively. His book Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (University of Chicago Press, 2009) won the Lewis Mumford Prize for best book in American planning history and honorable mention for the Kenneth T. Jackson Prize for best book in American Urban History.
Dr. Hunt will join the Newberry on August 1.