Professor Burns is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses on American political, cultural, and intellectual history. She graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude majoring in History, and received her Masters and Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Berkeley.
A popular guest on radio and television programs, Professor Burns has been interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, C-Spans Book TV, NPRs Weekend America, and Here & Now. She has also written articles for Harvard Magazine, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, and several academic journals. In 2010, she was honored as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.
Professor Burns visit to campus is jointly sponsored by the Salvatori Center, the department of history, and the Athenaeum.