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Elspeth Carruthers

Executive Director Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society


As Executive Director, Elspeth Carruthers focuses on developing key practices that are tailored to enhance team collaborations in humanistic research, and on providing a physical and programmatic environment at the Neubauer Collegium that fosters creative and lively research collaborations. Her work involves exploring new constituencies for humanities-informed research, and expanding the impact of the Neubauer Collegium's work by creating new partnerships, locally and internationally. Elspeth earned a PhD in Medieval History from Princeton University, where her research interests included: urban law, identity, and environmental history in eastern and central Europe during the High Middle Ages. Prior to joining the Neubauer Collegium in December 2014, Elspeth spent five years as a leader in the Foundations and Corporate Relations Office at the University of Chicago. During that time, she played a central role in the launch of Arete, a research accelerator at the University. Before coming to the University, she spent nine years as a member of the history faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago and had a former career in music, first as a freelance classical trumpet player and then as performance consultant in Toronto for groups such as the Canadian Brass.