Director, Department of Sociology Undergraduate Honors Program
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Research interests & goals:
Linda M. Burton is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology Department’s Undergraduate Honors Program at Duke University. Burton has an extensive record in training and mentoring pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. She is the former Director of the NIMH-sponsored Research Consortium on Diversity, Family Processes, and Child Adolescent Mental Health, the Consortium’s Multisite Postdoctoral Training Program, and the African American Mental Health Research Scientists Consortium. In addition, she has directed several programs that provide grantsmanship and ethnographic research methods training for pre-docs, post-docs, and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has also been an active mentor in the McNair Research Scholars Program for undergraduate minorities, The Mellon Mays undergraduate research program, and the Minority Access to Research Careers Program.
Recently, Dr. Burton directed the ethnographic component of Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study and is principal investigator of a multi-site team ethnographic study (Family Life Project) of poverty, family processes, and child development in six rural communities. Her research integrates ethnographic and demographic approaches and examines the roles that poverty and intergenerational family dynamics play in the intimate unions of low-income mothers and the life course transitions of children and adults in urban and rural families. She currently teaches a year-long course in ethnographic methods with Dr. Carol Stack as well as courses in poverty research and family sociology.