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IPLAI Executive Director


Dr. Leigh Yetter

My research interests include the social and cultural history, and public life of early modern Britain and Europe as well as the role of art and ideas, and the purpose and responsibility of the academy in the modern world.

As Executive Director of IPLAI and Project Manager for Early Modern Conversions I develop academic and public programs that facilitate and promote the collaborative efforts among researchers at McGill and other universities and between the McGill academy and our diverse collection of community partners.

I am also currently working on developing a new Master of Arts degree, to be offered by IPLAI.  The MA in the Public Life of Arts and Ideas will provide students the opportunity to pursue advanced research in a range of humanities fields which addresses directly the public life of their subject of inquiry in historical and contemporary contexts, combined critical study of social and cultural policy and arts and cultural management, and direct field experience through an intensive summer internship.

Before coming to McGill in 2006 as a member of the Making Publics Project, I taught widely in the history and literature of Britain and Europe at Brown University and Harvard University. I also taught in the History Department at McGill before joining IPLAI as Associate Director in 2009 (becoming Executive Director in 2013).


Office: 3610 McTavish St., 22-6
Contact: 514-398-6154 or leigh [dot] yetter [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)