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Flannery Burke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

World Environmental History since 1500 (undergraduate and graduate); History of the American West (undergraduate and graduate); North American Environmental History (undergraduate and graduate); Historian's Craft (undergraduate); U.S. Women's History (undergraduate); U.S. History since 1865 (undergraduate)


Doctor of Philosophy, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2002

Doctoral Minor, Cultural Studies, Havens Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 1998

Master of Arts, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 1997

Bachelor of Arts, History, Magna Cum Laude, Bryn Mawr College, May 1994

Research Interests

Flannery Burke’s research explores North American regional cultures and environments as well as intersections of art, literature, and public policy. She is committed to sharing the Indigenous and Mexican cultures of the United States widely and incorporating those cultures and their histories into the regional, national, and global stories that scholars tell.

Her first book, From Greenwich Village to Taos, won the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico and was a finalist for the New Mexico Book Prize for History from the New Mexico Humanities Council. Her second, A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century won the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association and the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Non-Fiction from the Western Writers of America and was a finalist for the David J. Weber-Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America from the Western History Association. She has published in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from childbirth to the status of gay men in Taos, New Mexico’s art community, and her work includes prize-winning articles on dude ranches as well as the Sun City retirement community. Her current book project, Back East, to be published by the University of Washington Press, is a study of twentieth-century writers of the American West and how their portrayals of the American East shaped contemporary American culture.

Professor Burke teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental humanities, American foodways, regional cultures, Indigenous studies, American education, and material and consumer culture. She has twice received an Innovative Teaching Fellowship Award from the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Louis University.

Between 2011 and 2013, Professor Burke was a member of the writers’ team for the (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Council of Chief State School Officers. She served for thirteen years on the Missouri Council for History Education and authored a peer-reviewed article about her experience with international high school students exploring the Ferguson Uprising. She has served on committees for the college and university and for the Western History Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Historical Association. She is a member of the board for the Interfaith Committee on Latin America and partners with Chef Rob Connoley of Bulrush Restaurant to develop reparative approaches in restaurant foodways that model respect for all members of food communities.

She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, Travel with Rick Steves, New Mexico PBS’s ¡Colores! and St. Louis on the Air

Publications and Media Placements


A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century, University of Arizona Press Modern American West Series, 2017 (Spur Award for Best Contemporary Non-Fiction from the Western Writers of America; Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association and finalist for the Weber Clements Book Prize from the Western History Association)

From Greenwich Village to Taos: Primitivism and Place at Mabel Dodge Luhan’s, University Press of Kansas, 2008  (Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico)

Articles and Essays

"Worry, USA: Dude Ranch Advertising Looks East," Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Summer 2019

 “The Arrogance of the East: How Westerners Created a Region” Western Historical Quarterly, Winter 2018/19 

 “Mothers’ Nature: Feminism, Environmentalism and Childbirth in the 1970s,” co-authored with Jennifer Seltz, Journal of Women’s History, Summer 2018

“Spud Johnson and A Gay Man’s Place in Taos’s Creative Arts Community,” Pacific Historical Review, February 2010

“An Artists’ Home: Gender and the Santa Fe Culture Colony Controversy,” Journal of the Southwest, Summer 2004

“Artists and Boosters,” chapter in Making of the American West: New Perspectives in American Social History, Perspectives in American Social History Series, ABC-CLIO, 2007

Publications in Scholarship of History Teaching and Learning

"The Other Sides of History," Teaching History, Spring 2019

“Promise not Poison: The C3 Framework for the Social Studies,” The Leader, National Social Studies Supervisors Association, March 2014

C3 Framework for the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, co-author, 2013

“Choose Your Own Adventure,” OAH Magazine of History, July 2013

"What Does It Mean to Think Historically," co-authored with Thomas Andrews, Perspectives, January 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Provost Faculty Research Leave, College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Louis University, 2015-2016
  • Fulbright Norway Roving Scholar Fellowship, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, 2013-2014
  • Mellon Faculty Development Grant in the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Louis University, Summer 2009
  • Butcher Scholar, Institute of the American West and Women of the West Museum, Autry National Center, 2006-2007
  • Off-Campus Faculty Fellowship, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, January 2006
  • Jackson Brothers Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, January 2004
  • Harry Ransom Center Fellowship, University of Texas, Austin, June 2003
  • Bill and Rita Clements Postdoctoral Fellowship, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2002-2003 academic year
  • Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, Spring 2001
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Interpretive Seminar in the Humanities Member, Huntington Library, Summer 2000
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library, Spring 2000

Teaching Awards

  • Innovative Teaching Fellowship Award, Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence, St. Louis University, 2011-2012 and 2018 - 2019
  • Polished Apple Teaching Award, California State University, Northridge, May 2005
  • Judge Julian Beck Instructional Improvement Grant for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, California State University, Northridge, 2004-2005

Community Work and Service

  • Investigating the Roots of Ferguson, United World College-USA Project Week Organizer, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
  • Board, Missouri Council for History Education, November 2008-Present