206 Keefe Health Center
PO Box: AC# 2259
Ashley Brown Burns
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Departmental affiliation: Political ScienceAmherst College
Courses in Spring 2014
Professional and Biographical Information
Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., Duke University
B.A., Williams College
My research examines relationships of political and economic equity, social stratification, and public policy. I seek to understand the challenges of addressing social problems effectively, especially those concerned with poverty and inequality. I am currently working on a manuscript, “Stuck on the American Dream,” in which I examine housing policy, gentrification, and identity politics. I am also developing projects on diversity policies in institutions, disaster response after Hurricane Katrina, and the intergenerational transmission of poverty.
My teaching is integrated with my scholarly interests. My courses are interdisciplinary, and my students and I explore together issues of racial and class stratification, social justice, and domestic welfare policies. Those courses address a range of topics related to American politics, housing, ethics, and public policy.