Dr. Burr is the current and founding dean of the Honors College where she teaches Multi-disciplinary Research Methods. She received her MFA and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her main areas of research are African American literature, and the reception of modern American poetry. She is the author of Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in the Poetry of Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou, and the editor of Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, Dialogues, by A.R. Ammons. Professor Burr is among the winners George Mason University's Teaching Excellence Award, and for the last decade, her professional energies have been devoted to the development of our Honors College and the success of our students.
PhD, English; Dissertation: “A Poetics of Address: 'Speech' and Dialogue in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Josephine Miles, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Audre Lorde”, Cornell University (1993)
MA, English, Cornell University (1990)
MFA, Poetry, Cornell University (1987)
BA (Cum Laude), English, Sonoma State University (1982)
Published on November 1, 2002