Chris Bourg is the Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press. She is also the founding director of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS). Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries. Before Stanford, she spent 10 years as an active-duty U.S. Army officer, including three years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford.
Chris has extensive experience promoting equitable and open scholarship, and is an advocate for the role of libraries in promoting social justice and democracy. Chris co-chaired the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries and the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, and is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. Chris is a member of a number of advisory boards and steering committees, including: the Steering Committee of SocArXiv; the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library; the External Advisory Board of the Stanford Data Science Institute’s Center for Open and REproducible Science (DSI-CORES); and the Board of Directors for Cambia.
Getting my MA in Sociology at UMD was absolutely crucial to setting me up for success in everything that followed. My 2 years at UMD gave me an excellent crash-course in Sociology, enabling me to teach successfully at USMA, and also fueling my desire to later pursue a PhD at Stanford. The critical thinking and program assessment skills I learned at UMD also serve me well in my current role as director of a large research library. Go Terps!