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 appointments 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 United States. Her research interests include social inequalities in immigrant health, with a specific focus on cancer. Her current research includes studies of cancer clinical trial information disparities, patient navigation and medical interpretation safety net hospital settings, cancer survivorship disparities, and oral health literacy among Mexican immigrant parents of young children. She is the author of numerous articles on inequalities in health, women's health, and cultural and social issues in cancer prevention and treatment. She is editor of the recent Health Travels: Cuban Health(care) on and off the Island (2013 UC Medical Humanities Press).