Professor of Sociology
On leave 2021–2022
Loyola University Chicago
Meghan Burke is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois Wesleyan University,
where her areas of specialty are social theory and race. Dr. Burke is the author of
three books: Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities: Whiteness and the Power of Color-Blind
Ideologies, about racially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago; Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party: What the Movement Reflects about Mainstream
Ideologies; and most recently, Colorblind Racism.
She recently guest-edited a special issue of Sociological Perspectives on “New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism,” for which she also earned an
American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grant
to hold a national summit on her campus in 2016. Dr. Burke has published articles
in The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Critical Sociology, and Teaching Sociology, among others. In 2016 she earned the Midwest Sociological Society Early Career Scholarship
Award, and her paper, “Racing Left and Right: Color-Blind Racism’s Dominance across
the U.S. Political Spectrum” won The Sociological Quarterly’s Best Article Award for 2017–2018.
On her campus, Dr. Burke co-developed and directs the Engaging Diversity pre-orientation program, a three-day intensive program for incoming white students
to deeply consider white privilege and antiracism so that they can work as partners
for social and racial justice. This program has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Dr. Burke was also named 2013 Professor of the Year and 2016 Advisor of the Year by IWU students. She is among Nerd Wallet’s 40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire.
Visit Dr. Burke’s webpage
Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities: Whiteness and the Power of Color-Blind
Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party: What the Movement Reflects about Mainstream