Meghan Burke

Meghan Burke

Associate Professor of Sociology

Chair of Sociology and Anthropology

Loyola University Chicago

Meghan Burke is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois Wesleyan University, where her areas of specialty are social theory and race.   Meghan is the author of two books, one about race and whiteness in racially diverse Chicago neighborhoods, and one about the race, gender, and class dynamics in the Tea Party.  She has published articles in Critical Sociology ; The Journal of Race and Politics ; Race, Gender, and Class ; Teaching Sociology , and contributed a chapter to Doug Hartmann and Christopher Uggen’s book Color Lines and Racial Angles .  Dr. Burke was also recently awarded an ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grant to host a national Summit on New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism, which took place in May 2016; she is also Guest Editing an upcoming Special Issue of Sociological Perspectives on this same topic. On her campus, Meghan co-developed and directs the Engaging Diversity pre-orientation program, a 3-day intensive program for incoming white students to deeply consider white privilege and antiracism so that they can work as allies for social and racial justice.  This program has been featured in The Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed .  Dr. Burke was also named 2013 Professor of the Year by IWU students, and among Nerd Wallet’s 40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire .  In 2016, she earned the Midwest Sociological Society Early Career Scholarship Award.  


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Her Books

Racial Ambivalence in Diverse Communities: Whiteness and the Power of Color-Blind Ideologies

Race, Gender, and Class in the Tea Party: What the Movement Reflects about Mainstream Ideologies