Cynthia Milton

Cynthia Milton
Position
Current Associate Vice-President Research (University of Victoria); Former Visiting Research Fellow (CFGS)

Cynthia E. Milton was a Visiting Research Fellow at CFGS from 2018-2019 and she returned to the University of Victoria in September 2020 as the Associate Vice-President Research and a Professor in the Department of History. 

Dr. Milton is the Past President of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada and former Canada Research Chair in the History Department at the Université de Montréal.

Her interdisciplinary research studies inclusive modes of truth-telling, transitional justice, memory, and cultural interventions in the construction of historical narratives after state violence. In her academic networking, she is concerned with the science-society disconnect in our dramatically changing world and the need for the humanities, arts and social sciences in the diffusion of knowledge.

She is the author of Conflicted Memory: Military Cultural Interventions and the Human Rights Era in Peru (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2018), the editor of Art from a Fractured Past: Memory and Truth-Telling in Post-Shining Path Peru (Duke Univ. Press, 2014), co-editor of Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) and The Art of Truth-Telling about Authoritarian Rule (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2005). Major honours include the Bolton-Johnson Prize for the best book published in the field of Latin American history (The Many Meanings of Poverty: Colonialism, Social Compacts, and Assistance in Eighteenth-Century Ecuador, Stanford, 2007), the Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship for Advanced Scholars and the Fernand Braudel Fellowship from the European University Institute.

Major honours include the Bolton-Johnson Prize (2008), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2011-12), a Fernand Braudel Fellowship from the European University Institute (2016), and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship (2019-20).