Linda Burton

Board of Directors

Linda M. Burton is a former Dean of Social Sciences and currently the director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, and Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. She serves on the editorial boards of the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and was recently a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade. She has also served on the Committee on the Science of Research on Families for the Institute of Medicine, the advisory board of the National Center for Marriage and Family Research, the board of directors for the Family Process Institute, and the board of directors for the Council on Contemporary Families. Recently inducted into the Sociological Research Association (National Honor Society for Sociological Researchers), she is also a recipient of the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association, the Inaugural Wiley Alexis Walker Award for Outstanding Research in Family Science, the Family Research Consortium IV Legacy Award, the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research, and the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Burton directed the ethnographic component of Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study and is principal investigator of a multi-site team ethnographic study (Family Life Project) of poverty, family processes, and child development in six rural communities. Her research integrates ethnographic and demographic approaches and examines the roles that poverty and intergenerational family dynamics play in the intimate unions of low-income mothers and the accelerated life course transitions of children, adolescents, and adults in urban and rural families.