Chris Bourg was appointed to Director of the MIT Libraries in February 2015. Prior to MIT, she served in a variety of leadership positions at Stanford University, where she is was most recently associate university librarian for public services. She managed the public service facets of physical and digital library services of the largest division of the Stanford University Libraries, with six branches and a collection of more than 4 million volumes.
Bourg’s career began with 10 years of service as an officer in the United States Army, including three years on the faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she taught sociology and leadership.
Bourg received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford. She has written and spoken extensively on the topics of libraries, leadership, diversity, and social justice. She is a strong advocate for gender equality, and was involved in creating and leading the first Women’s Voices and Influence group for Stanford staff.