Dr. Burke received her BA in English Literature from the University of Tennessee and her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She has held a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF since 2004.
Dr. Burke has conducted research in Cuba and with immigrant groups in the Southwestern and Western US. Her research interests include social inequalities in immigrant health, with a specific focus on cancer. Her current research includes an NCI Career Development Award focused on cancer treatment among underserved patients in a safety net hospital setting, a Susan G. Komen Foundation Breast Cancer Disparities research study addressing local and transnational support systems for Filipina immigrants with breast cancer, and an Avon Foundation funded study of navigation and information for poor and minority breast cancer patients in public hospitals. She is the author of numerous articles on inequalities in health, women’s health, and cultural and social issues in cancer prevention and treatment.