Office of the Chancellor

Feb. 12 - Carol Burke

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Carol Burke

Carol Burke


Carol Burke, a professor of English, is a folklorist whose books document the lives of midwestern farm families, female inmates in U.S. prisons, and members of the armed services.  For the past two decades, Professor Burke has written about the experiences of members of our all-volunteer military, particularly those “boots on the ground” who have been sent on repeated deployments to wage contemporary wars of counterinsurgency.  During the Iraq War, she embedded with a combat unit in Iraq and published articles on the dangers faced by local Iraqi interpreters working for American military units, on the threats to the few remaining independent journalists working in northern Iraq, and on the U. S. Army’s controversial Human Terrain System.  A couple years later, she took a year’s leave from her faculty position at the University of California to embed with two U.S. Army combat units in Afghanistan and is now completing a book on that conflict entitled America’s Longest War.  Before joining the UCI faculty in 2003, Professor Burke taught courses in folklore and literary journalism at Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins Universities.