Diane Mutti Burke

Diane Mutti Burke (Project Co-Director) is Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Director of the Center for Midwestern Studies. She was educated at Dartmouth College (BA) and Emory University (MA and PhD), and has spent her professional career researching and writing about the history of Missouri. Winner of the 2015 Missouri Humanities Council Literary Achievement Award for her scholarship about nineteenth-century Missouri, Mutti Burke’s scholarship focuses on slavery, women, and the Civil War. Her award-winning first book On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 (University of Georgia Press, 2010) investigates small-scale slavery at the level of the household and neighborhood in antebellum and Civil War era Missouri. She also co-edited several books on the history of the Missouri/Kansas border region including Kansas City, America’s Crossroads: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review, 1906-2006 (State Historical Society of Missouri, 2007), Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border (University Press of Kansas, 2013), and Wide-Open Town: Kansas City in the Pendergast Era (University Press of Kansas, 2018). The scholarship from both Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri and Wide-Open Town was first presented at public conferences that she co-organized. She also served as a project consultant on the Kansas City Public Library’s award-winning digital history projects, Civil War on the Western Border and The Pendergast Years. Over the last 12 years, Mutti Burke has been awarded six Landmarks of American History and Culture grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to lead K-12 workshops focusing on Missouri history. She is dedicated to bringing the history of this region to public audiences and regularly talks to community groups about her research.