Linda M. Burton

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Linda M. Burton is dean of Berkeley Social Welfare and holds the Eugene and Rose Kleiner Chair for the Study of Processes, Practices and Policies in Aging. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley in 2019, Burton was the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. In her role as dean of Social Sciences at Duke University's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, she was responsible for handling all matters relative to 239 faculty members in 14 departments and programs, including African/African American Studies, Economics, History, Political Science, and Women's Studies. She simultaneously co-directed the undergraduate program on International Comparative Studies, was co-chair of the university's Task Force on Bias and Hate Issues, and served on the university's union bargaining team in negotiations with the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) on behalf of Duke's adjunct professors. Prior to joining Duke, she was a faculty member at Penn State for over 20 years and served as director of its Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts from 1998 to 2006. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Southern California.

Dean Burton is a preeminent scholar on child welfare and poverty whose program of research is conceptually grounded in life course, developmental, and ecological perspectives and focuses on three themes concerning the lives of America's poorest urban, small town, and rural families: (1) intergenerational family structures, processes, and role transitions; (2) the meaning of context and place in the daily lives of families; and, (3) childhood adultification and the accelerated life course. Her methodological approach to exploring these issues is comparative, longitudinal, and multi-method. The comparative dimension of Burton's research comprises in-depth within-group analysis of low-income African American, White, and, Hispanic/Latino families, as well as systematic examinations of similarities and differences across groups. She employs longitudinal designs in her studies to identify distinct and often nuanced contextual and ethnic/racial features of development that shape the family structures, processes (e.g., intergenerational care-giving) and life course transitions (e.g., grandparenthood, marriage) families experience over time. She is principally an ethnographer, but integrates survey and geographic and spatial analysis in her work. Burton was one of six principal investigators involved in a multi-site, multi-method collaborative study of the impact of welfare reform on families and children (Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study), directed the ethnographic component of the Three-City Study, and was also principal investigator of an ethnographic study of rural poverty and child development (The Family Life Project).

Curriculum Vitae

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2022 | Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

2020-Present | Eugene and Rose Kleiner Endowed Chair for the Study of Processes, Practices, and Policies

2019-Present | Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women, City of Berkeley, CA

2018-2019 |  President, Sociological Research Association (International Honor Society for Distinguished Sociologists)

2018 | Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, New York University Steinhardt

2018 | Helen Kelley Lecture for Excellence in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2017 | 12th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography, Penn State University

2017 | Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award, Duke University

2017 | Cornerstone Lecture, University of Minnesota

2016-2017 | Ambiguous Loss Scholar, University of Minnesota

2014 | Distinguished Career Award, Family Section, American Sociological Association

2013 | Wiley Alexis Walker Award for Outstanding Research in Family Science (for the article: Burton, L.M., & Hardaway, C.R. 2012.  Low-income mothers as “othermothers” to their romantic partners’ children:  Women’s coparenting in multiple partner fertility relationships. Family Process, 51, 343-359)

2013 | Inducted into the Sociological Research Association (National Honor Society for Sociological Researchers)

2008 | National Science Foundation Advanced Distinguished Lectureship, Case Western Reserve University

2007 | Awarded Distinguished Chair, James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, Duke University

2006-2007 | Faculty Fellow, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University

2006 | Elected Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

2005 | Family Research Consortium Legacy Award

2005 | Faculty, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg Austria

2000 | Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, The Pennsylvania State University

2000 | Roberta Grotberg Simmons Memorial Lecture, Society for Research on Adolescence

1999 | North Carolina Central University Inaugural Distinguished Lecture

1997 | Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement, The Pennsylvania State University

1996  | American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research

1996 | "Products of Compton" Award, City of Compton and the Compton Coalition for Progress

1993 | Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture, University of California; Orman-Harris Lecture, University of Alabama; Beister-Young Lecture, University of Minnesota

1989-1994 | William T. Grant Faculty Scholars Award

1988-1989 | Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

1987-1990 | Brookdale National Fellow, Brookdale Foundation

1988-1989 | Spencer Foundation Fellow

1986-1987 | Fellow, Post-Doctoral Research Consortium Program of the Behavioral Sciences Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

1981-1984 | American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship (Applied Sociology and Sociological Research)

Expanded Publications

Burton, E.C., Bennett, D.S., & Burton L.M. (2020).  COVID-19:  Health disparities and social determinants of health. International Social Work, 1-6.

Baker, R.S. & Burton L.M. (2018). "Between a rock and a hard place:" Socio-economic (im)mobility among low-income mothers of children with disabilities. In T. Taylor and K. Bloch (Eds.) Marginalized mothers mothering from the margins: Advances in gender research, Volume 25, Somerville, MA: Emerald.

Medwinter, S.D. & Burton, L.M. (2018). Negotiating gender and power: How some poor mothers
employed economic survival strategies after welfare reform. In T. Taylor and K. Bloch (Eds.) Marginalized mothers mothering from the margins: Advances in gender research, Volume 25, Somerville, MA: Emerald.

Burton, L.M., Burton, D.O., McHale, S.M., King, V., & Van Hook, J., (Eds) (2016). Boys and men in
African American families. NY: Springer.

Welsh, W. & Burton, L.M. (2016). Home, heart, and being Latina: Housing and intimate relationship
power among low-income Mexican mothers. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 2, 307-322

Brady, D. & Burton, L.M. (Eds.) (2016). The Oxford handbook of the social science of poverty. NY: Oxford University Press.

Brady, D. & Burton, L.M. (2016). Social science and poverty from a global perspective. The Oxford handbook of the social science of poverty. NY: Oxford University Press.

Streib, J., Verma, S.J., Welsh, W., & Burton, L.M. (2016). Life, death, and resurrection: The culture
of poverty. The Oxford handbook of the social science of poverty. NY: Oxford University Press.

Garrett-Peters, R. & Burton, L.M. (2016). Tenuous ties: The nature and costs of kin support among low-income rural African American mothers. Women, Gender, and Families of Color, 4-35.

Burton, L.M. & Welsh, W. (2016). Inequality and opportunity: The role of exclusion, social capital, and generic social processes in upward mobility. NY: William T. Grant Foundation

Garrett-Peters, R. & Burton, L.M. (2015). Reframing marriage and marital delay among low-income mothers: An interactionist perspective. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 242-264.

Burton, L.M., Winn, D.M., Stevenson, H., & McKinney, M. (2015). Childhood adultification and the paradox of parenting: Perspectives on African American boys in economically disadvantaged families. In J. Arditti, Family problems: Stress, risk, and resilience. NY: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Burton, L.M. (2014). Seeking romance in the crosshairs of multiple partner fertility: Ethnographic insights on low-income urban and rural mothers. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 654, 185-212

Burton, L.M. & Welsh, W. (2014). Social exclusion, social capital, and socioeconomic mobility: How micro-level processes obfuscate reductions in poverty. The International Federation for Family Development,

Burton, L.M. & Stack, C. B. (2014). "Breakfast at Elmo's:" Adolescent boys and disruptive politics in the Kinscripts' narrative. In A. Garey, R. Hertz, & M. Nelson (Eds), Open to disruption: Practicing slow sociology. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Burton, L.M. Lichter, D.T., Baker, R.S., & Eason, J.M. (2013). Inequality, family processes, and
health in the "new" rural America. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(8), 1128-1151.

Burton, L.M., Welsh, W. & Destro, L.M. (2013). Grandmothers' differential involvement with grandchildren in rural multiple partner fertility family structures. In M. Silverstein & Giarrusso
(Eds.), From generation to generation: Continuity and discontinuity in aging families.
Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Burton, L.M., & Hardaway, C.R. (2012). Low-income mothers as "othermothers" to their romantic
partners' children: Women's coparenting in multiple partner fertility relationships. Family
Process, 51, 343-359

Cross-Barnet, C., Cherlin, A., & Burton, L.M. (2011). Bound by children: Intermittent cohabitation
and living together apart. Family Relations, 60, 633-647.

Burton, L.M., Kemp, S., Leung, M., Matthews, S., & Takeuchi, D. (Eds.) (2011). Communities, neighborhoods, and health: Expanding the boundaries of place. NY: Springer.

Burton, L.M., Garrett-Peters, R., & Eason, J. (2011). Morality, identity, and mental health in rural
ghettos. In L. Burton, S. Kemp, M. Leung, S. Matthews, & D. Takeuchi (Eds.), Communities, neighborhoods, and health: Expanding the boundaries of place. NY: Springer.

Lawson Clark, S., Burton, L.M., & Flippen, C. (2011). Housing dependence and intimate relationships
in the lives of low-income Puerto Rican mothers. Journal of Family Issues, 32(3), 369-393.

Burton, L.M., Bonilla-Silva, E., Ray, V., Buckelew, R., & Hordge-Freeman, E. (2010). Critical race
theories, colorism, and the decade's research on families of color. Journal of Marriage and
Family, 72, 440-459.

Burton, L.M. & Bromell, L. (2010). Childhood illness, family comorbidity, and cumulative
disadvantage: An ethnographic treatise on low-income mothers' health in later life. Annual
Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 30, 231-263

Burton, L.M. & Stack, C.B. (2010). Ethnography: A method that "rocks our soul." NCFR Reports, 55, F5-F8.

Arditti, J., Burton, L.M. & Neeves-Botelho, S.E. (2010). Maternal distress and parenting in the
context of cumulative disadvantage. Family Process, 49(2), 142-164.

Burton, L.M., Cherlin, A., Winn, D.M., Estacion, A., & Holder-Taylor, C. (2009). The role of trust
in low- income mothers' intimate unions. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 1107 – 1127.

Burton, L.M. & Cherlin, A. (2009 Winter). "Trust is like Jell-O:" Forms of trust in low-income mothers'romantic unions. NCFR Reports, 44, F2-F5.

Burton, L.M. & Tucker, M.B. (2009). Romantic unions in an era of uncertainty: A post-Moynihan perspective on African American women and marriage. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 62, 132-148.

Burton, L.M. (2009). Uncovering hidden facts that matter in interpreting individuals' behaviors:
An ethnographic lens. In B.J. Risman (Ed.), Families as they really are. NY: Norton Publishers.

Burton, L.M., Garrett-Peters, R., & Eaton, S.C. (2009). More than good quotations: How ethnography informs knowledge on adolescent development and context. In R.M. Lerner & L. Steinberg (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent psychology: Vol. 1 (3rd Ed., pp. 55-92). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Burton, L.M., Purvin, D., & Garrett-Peters, R. (2009). Longitudinal ethnography: Uncovering
domestic abuse low-income women's lives. In G. Elder Jr. & J. Z. Giele (Eds.),
The craft of life course studies. NY: Guilford Press.

Roy, K. & Burton, L.M. (2009). "Show me you can be a father:" Maternal monitoring and
recruitment of fathers for involvement in low-income families. In M. Nelson & A. I. Garey
(eds.), Monitoring families. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Cherlin, A., Cross-Barnet, C., Burton, L.M., & Garrett-Peters. (2008). Promises they can keep:
Low-income women's attitudes toward motherhood and marriage. Journal of Marriage and
Family, 70, 919-933.

Burton, L.M. (2007). Childhood adultification in economically disadvantaged families: A
conceptual model. Family Relations, 56, 329-345.

Roy, K. & Burton, L.M. (2007). Mothering through recruitment: Kinscription of non-residential
fathers and father figures in low-income families. Family Relations, 56, 24-39. Also published in S. Coontz (ed.), American families: A multicultural reader (2nd ed.), NY: Routledge.

Skinner, D., Lachicotte, W., & Burton, L. (2007). Childhood disability and poverty: How families
navigate health care and coverage. In B. A. Arrighi & D. J. Maume (Eds.), Health and medical
care. NY: Praeger Press.

McHale, S.M., Crouter, A.C., Kim, J.Y., Burton, L.M., Davis, K., Dotterer, A., & Swanson, D. (2006). Mothers' and fathers' racial socialization in African American families: Implications for youth. Child Development 77(5), 1387-1402.

Whitfield, K.E., Angel, J., Burton, L.M., & Hayward, M. (2006). Diversity, disparities, and inequalities in aging. Public Policy and Aging Report 16(3), 16-22.

Tubbs, C. Y., & Burton, L. M. (2006). Bridging research using ethnography to inform clinical
practice. In D. H. Sprenkle & F. P. Piercy (Eds.), Research methods in family therapy (2nd ed.).
NY: Guilford Press.

McLoyd, V., Aikens, N.L., & Burton, L.M. (2006). Poverty and children's well being: Linking research, policy, and practice. In I. Siegal & A. Renninger (Eds.) Handbook of child psychology. NY: Wiley

Burton, L.M. & Whitfield, K.E. (2006). Health, aging, and America's poor: Ethnographic insights on family co-morbidity and cumulative disadvantage. In J. Baars, D. Dannefer, C. Phillipson, & A. Walker (Eds.), Aging, globalization and inequality: The new critical gerontology. NY: Baywood.

Burton, L.M. & Lein, L. (2006). Welfare and low-wage work: A troubled and troubling environment
for mothers and children. In J. Henrici (ed.) Doing without: Women and work after welfare reform. AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Bryant, C.M., Bolland, J.M., Burton, L.M., Hurt, T., & Bryant, B. (2006). The changing social
context of relationships. In J. Feeney & P. Noller (Eds.) Close relationships. Psychology Press.

Skinner, D., Lachicotte, W., & Burton, L.M. (2006). The difference disability makes: Managing childhood disability, poverty, and work. In J. Henrici (ed.). Doing without: Women and work after welfare reform. AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Matthews, S., & Detwiler, J. Burton, L.M. (2006). Geoethnography: Coupling geographic information analysis techniques with ethnographic methods in urban research. Cartographica, 40(4), 75-90.
As of March 2014: this article was listed among the ten most-cited articles in the history of Cartographica, Scopus Database. See (under News & Noteworthy)

Burton, L.M. & Lawson-Clark, S. (2005). Homeplace and housing in the lives of low-income urban African American families. In V.C. McLoyd, K. Dodge, & N. Hill (Eds.), Emerging issues in African American family life. NY: Guilford Press

Burton, L.M., Lein, L., & Kolak, A. (2005). Health and mothers' employment in low-come families. In S. Bianchi, L, Casper, & R. King (Eds.) Work, family health, and well-being. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Burton, L.M. (2005). The scholar and the oak tree: A profile of Vern L. Bengtson. Contemporary Gerontology, 11(3), 91-94.

Skinner, D., Matthews, S., & Burton, L.M. (2005). Combining ethnography and GIS to examine
constructions of developmental opportunities in contexts of poverty and disability. In T. Weisner (Ed.) Discovering successful pathways in children's development: New methods in the study of childhood and family life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Tubbs, C. Y., Roy, K., & Burton, L. (2005). Family ties and constructing family time in low-income
families. Family Process, 44 (1), 77-91.

Cherlin, A., Burton, L.M., Hurt, T., & Purvin, D. (2004). The influence of physical and sexual abuse
on marriage and cohabitation. American Sociological Review. 69, 768-789.

Dilworth-Anderson, P., Burton, L.M., & Klein, D. (2004). Contemporary and emerging theories studying families. In V. Bengtson, K. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theory and research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Burton, L.M., Winn, D.M., Stevenson, H., & Lawson Clark, S. (2004). Working with African
American clients: Considering the homeplace in counseling and therapy practices. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 30(4), 397-410

Roy, K. M., Tubbs, C.Y. & Burton, L.M. (2004). "Don't have no time:" Daily rhythms and the
organization of time for low-income families. Family Relations, 53(2), 168-178. (Top 20 Nominee, Rosbeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, 2005)

Dallas, C.M. & Burton, L.M. (2004). Health disparities among men from racial and ethnic minority
populations. Annual Review of Nursing, Vol 22, 77-100.

Burton, L.M. & Whitfield, K.E. (2003). "Weathering" towards poorer health in later life: Co-
morbidity in low-income families urban families. Public Policy and Aging Report, Vol 13, No. 3 13-18.

Roy, K. & Burton, L.M., (2003). Kinscription: Mothers keeping fathers connected to children.
Journal of Zero to Three, Vol. 23, No. 3, 27-32.

Cherlin, A., Bogen, K., Quane, J., & Burton, L.M,. (2002). Operating within the rules: Welfare
recipients' experiences with sanctions and case closings for noncompliance. Social Service Review, 76(3): 387-405

Burton, L.M. (2002). Sociological and anthropological perspectives on fatherhood: Traversing lenses, methods, and invisible men. In C. Tamis Le Monda & N. Cabrera (Eds.), Handbook on fatherhood involvement: Multidisciplinary perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associate.

Jarrett, R.L., Roy, K., & Burton, L.M. (2002). Fathers in the "hood:" Insights from qualitative research on low income African American men. In C. Tamis Le Monda & N. Cabrera (Eds.), Handbook on fatherhood involvement: Multidisciplinary perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum

Burton, L. M., & Jayakody, R. (2001). Rethinking family structure and single parenthood. Implications for future studies of African-American families and children. In A. Thornton (Ed.) Family and child well-being: Research and data needs. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Burton, L. M., (2001). One step forward and two steps back: Neighborhoods and adolescent development. In A. Booth and A.C. Crouter (Eds.), Does it take a village? Community effects on children, adolescents, and families. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Burton, L. M.. & Jarrett, R. L., (2000). In the mix, yet on the margins: The place of family in urban neighborhood and child development research. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1114-1135.

Allison, K. W., Burton, L., Marshall, S. Perez-Febles, A., Yarrington, J., Kirsh, L.B. & Merriwether-deVries, C. (1999). Life experiences among urban adolescents: Examining the role of context. Child Development, 70 (4), 1017-1029.

Allison, K. W., Crawford, I., Leone, P.E., Trickett, E., Perez-Febles, A., Burton, L. M., Le Blanc, R. (1999). Adolescent substance use: Preliminary examinations of school and neighborhood context. American Journal of Community Psychology, 27(2), 111-141.

Jarrett, R. L. & Burton, L. M. (1999). Dynamic dimensions of family structure in low-income African-American families: Emergent themes in qualitative research. Journal of Comparative Family Studies 30(2) 177-187.

Dilworth-Anderson, P., & Burton, L. M. (1999). Critical issues in understanding family support and older minorities. In Toni P. Miles (Ed.), Minority elders: Five goals toward building a public policy base (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: The Gerontological Society of America.

Burton, L. M. & Price-Spratlen, T. (1999). Through the eyes of children: An ethnographic perspective on neighborhoods and child development. In A. Masten (Ed.) Cultural processes in child development: Minnesota symposium on child psychology (Vol. 29). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Obeidallah, D. O., & Burton, L. M. (1999). Affective ties between mothers and daughters in adolescent childbearing families. In J. Brooks-Gunn & M. Cox (Eds.), Conflict and closeness: The formation, functioning, and stability of families. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Burton, L. M., & Graham, J. (1998). Neighborhood rhythms and the social activities of adolescent mothers. In R. Larson & A. C. Crouter (Eds.), Temporal rhythms in adolescence: Clocks, calendars, and the coordination of daily life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Burton, L. M., Hernandez, D., & Hofferth, S. (1998). Families, youth, and children's well being. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Burton, L. M., & Snyder, A. R. (1998). The invisible man revisited: Comments on the life course, history, and men's roles in American families. In A. Booth & A. C. Crouter (Eds.), Men in families. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Burton, L. M. (1997). Ethnography and the meaning of adolescence in high-risk neighborhoods. Ethos, 25(2), 208-217.

Burton, L. M., Price-Spratlen, T., & Spencer, M. (1997). On ways of thinking about and measuring
neighborhoods: Implications for studying context and developmental outcomes for children. In G. Duncan, J. Brooks-Gunn & L. Aber (Eds.), Neighborhood poverty: Context and consequences for children. New York: Russell Sage.

Spencer, M. B., McDermott, P., Burton, L. M., & Cole, S. (1997). An alternative approach for assessing neighborhood effects on early adolescent achievement and problem behavior. In G. Duncan, J. Brooks-Gunn & L. Aber (Eds.), Neighborhood poverty: Context and consequences for children. New York: Russell Sage.

Burton, L. M. (1996). Age norms, the timing of family role transitions, and intergenerational caregiving among aging African American women. The Gerontologist, 36 (2), 199-208.

Burton, L. M. (1996). The timing of childbearing, family structure, and the role responsibilities of aging black women. In E. Mavis Hetherington & E. Blechman (Eds.), Stress and coping in children and families (pp. 155-172). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Burton, L. M., Obeidallah, D. O., & Allison, K. (1996). Ethnographic perspectives on social context and adolescent development among inner-city African American teens. In R. Jessor, A. Colby, & R. Shweder (Eds.), Essays on ethnography and human development. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Dilworth-Anderson, P. & Burton, L. M. (1996). Rethinking family development: Critical conceptual issues in the study of diverse groups. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 13(3), 325-334.

Merriwether-de Vries, C., Burton, L. M., & Eggelletion, L. (1996). Early parenting and intergenerational family relationships within families. In J. Graber, J. Brooks-Gunn, & A. C. Petersen (Eds.) Transitions through adolescence. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Burton, L. M. (1995). Family structure and nonmarital fertility: Perspectives from ethnographic research. Report to congress on out-of-wedlock childbearing (pp. 147-165). Department of Health and Human Services, Pub. No. (PHS) 95-1257.

Bengtson, V. L., Rosenthal, C. & Burton, L. (1995). Paradoxes of families and aging at the turn of the century. In R. Binstock & L. George (Eds.), Handbook of aging and the social sciences. New York: Academic Press.

Burton, L. M., Allison, K., & Obeidallah, D. (1995). Social context and adolescence: Perspectives on development among inner-city African-American teens. In L. Crockett & A. Crouter (Eds.), Pathways through adolescence: Individual development in relation to social context (pp. 119-138). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Burton, L. M. (1995). Thay doi ve dan so va quan he trong gia dinh nhieu the he: Trien vong o Viet Nam trong truong lai (Demographic change and intergenerational family structure: Implications for family relationships in Vietnam). In B. Thi Kin Quy (Ed.), Gia Dinh va dia vi nguoi phu nu trong xa hoi (pp. 197-206). Hanoi: Nha Xuat Ban Khoa Hoc Xa Hoi.

Burton, L. M. (1995). Intergenerational patterns of providing care in African-American families with teenage childbearers: Emergent patterns in an ethnographic study. In K. W. Schaie, V. L. Bengtson, & L. M. Burton (Eds.), Intergenerational issues in aging (pp. 79-96). New York: Springer.

Burton, L. M., Dilworth-Anderson, P., & Merriwether-deVries, C. (1995). Context and surrogate parenting among contemporary grandparents. Marriage and Family Review, 20(3/4), 349-366.

Schaie, W. K., Bengtson, V. L., & Burton, L. M. (Eds.). (1995). Intergenerational issues in aging. New York: Springer.

Burton, L. M. (1994). Intergenerational legacies and intimate relationships. Perspectives on adolescent mothers and fathers. ISSPR Bulletin, 10(2), 2-5.

Stack, C.B. & Burton, L.M. (1994) Kinscripts: Reflections on family, generation, and culture. In E.N. Glenn, G. Chang, and L.R. Forcey (Eds.), Mothering: Ideology, experience, and agency (pp. 33-44). London, England: Routledge.

Burton, L. M. (Ed.). (1993). A new look at families and aging. New York: Baywood Publishing.

Burton, L. M. & Sorensen, S. (1993). Temporal dimensions of intergenerational caregiving in African-American multigeneration families. In S. H. Zarit, L. I. Pearlin, & K. W. Schaie (Eds.), Caregiving systems: Informal and formal helpers (pp. 47-66). New York: Erlbaum Associates.

Burton, L. M. & Stack, C. B. (1993). Kinscripts and adolescent childbearing. In D. L. Rhode & A. Lawson (Eds.), The politics of pregnancy (pp. 174-185). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Dilworth-Anderson, P., Burton, L. M., & Boulin-Johnson, L. (1993). Reframing theories for understanding race, ethnicity, and family. In P. Boss, W. Doherty, R. Larossa, W. Schumm, & S. Steinmetz (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theories and methods: A contextual approach (pp. 627-646). New York: Plenum Press.

Dilworth-Anderson, P., Burton, L. M., & Turner, W. (1993). The importance of values in the study of culturally diverse families. Family Relations, 42, 238-242.

Stack, C. B., & Burton, L. M. (1993). Kinscripts. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 24(2), 157-170.

Burton, L. M. (1992). Black grandparents rearing children of drug-addicted parents: Stressors,
outcomes, and social service needs. The Gerontologist, 32(6), 744-751.

Burton, L. M. (1992). Families and aging: Complexity and diversity. Generations, 25(3), 5-6.

Burton, L. M., Dilworth-Anderson, P., Bengtson, V. L. (1992). Creating new ways of thinking about diversity and aging: Theoretical challenges for the twenty-first century. Generations, 15(4), 67-72.

Burton, L. M., & Merriwether-deVries, C. (1992). The challenges and rewards of rearing grandchildren for African-American grandparents. Generations, 25(3), 51-54.

Burton, L. M., & Stack, C. B. (1992). Conscripting kin: Reflections on family, generation, and culture. In P. Cowan, D. Field, D. Hanson, A. Skolnick, & G. Swanson (Eds.), Family, self, and society (pp. 103-113). New York: Erlbaum Associates.

Burton, L. M. (1991). Caring for children: Drug shifts and their impact on families. American Enterprise, 2(3), 34-37.

Burton, L. M., & Dilworth-Anderson, P. (1991). The intergenerational family roles of aged black Americans. Marriage and Family Review, 16,(3/4), 311-330.

Burton, L. M. (1990). Teenage childbearing as an alternative life-course strategy in multigeneration black families. Human Nature, 1(2), 123-143.

Butler, J., & Burton, L. (1990). Rethinking teenage pregnancy: Is sexual abuse a missing link? Family Relations, 39(1), 73-80.

Bengtson, V. L., Rosenthal, C., & Burton, L. M. (1990). Families and aging. In R. Binstock & L. George (Eds.), Handbook of aging and the social sciences (pp. 263-287). NY: Academic Press.

Burton, L. M., & Martin, P. (1987). Thematikin der mehrgenerationenfamilie: Ein beispiel (Themes in multigeneration families: An example). German Journal of Gerontology, 21(June), 275-282.

Elder, G. H., Caspi, A., & Burton, L. M. (1987). Adolescent transitions in developmental perspective: Sociological and historical insights. In M. Gunnar (Ed.), Minnesota symposium on child psychology (Vol. 21, pp. 151-179). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Hagestad, G. O., & Burton, L. M. (1986). Grandparenthood, life context, and family development. American Behavioral Scientist, 29, 471-484.

Burton, L. M., & Bengtson, V. L. (1985). Black grandmothers: Issues of timing and meaning in roles. In V. L. Bengtson & J. Robertson (Eds.), Grandparenthood: Research and policy perspectives (pp. 61-77). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

Burton, L. M., & Bengtson, V. L. (1982). Research in minority communities: Problems and potentials. In R. Manuel (Ed.), Minority aging: Sociological and social psychological issues (pp. 215-222). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Bengtson, V. L., & Burton, L. M. (1981-1982). Mental health and the black elderly: Competence, susceptibility, and quality of life. Journal of Minority Aging, 7(3 & 4), 25-31.

Bengtson, V. L., Manuel, R. C., & Burton, L. M. (1981). Sociology of age. In R. Davis (Ed.), Aging prospects and issues (pp. 22-39). Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California Press.


Burton, L.M., Mattingly, M., Pedroza, J., &Welsh, W. (2018). Safety Net. Pathways: Special Issues, State of the Union 2018. Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Stanford University.

Burton, L.M., Mattingly, M., Pedroza, J., & Welsh, W. (2017). Poverty. Pathways: Special Issues, State of the Union 2017. Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Stanford University.

Burton, L.M., Benjamin, A., Hurt, T., Woodruff, S.L., & Kolak, A. (2003). An ethnographic study of low-income non-entrants to TANF: Welfare experiences, diversions, and making ends meet. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Burton, L. M., Tubbs, C., Odoms, A. M., Oh, H. J., Mello, Z. R., & Cherlin, A. (2003). Welfare reform, poverty, and health: Ethnographic perspectives on health status and health insurance coverage in low-income families. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Slattery, E., Skinner, D., Lachicotte, W., Cherlin, A., & Burton, L.M. (2002). Disability, health coverage, and welfare reform. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Moffitt, R., Cherlin, A. J., Burton, L. M., King, M., & Roff, J. (2001). The characteristics of families of families remaining on welfare. Johns Hopkins University.

Cherlin, A J., Burton, L. M., Francis, J., Henrici, J., Lein, L., Quane, J., & Bogen, K. (2000). Sanctions and case closings for noncompliance: Who is affected and why. Johns Hopkins University.

Cherlin, A. J., Winston, P., Angel, R. J., Burton, L. M., Chase-Lansdale, P. L.,, Moffitt, R. A., Wilson, W. J., Quane, J. & Levine-Coley, R. (2000). What welfare recipients know about the new rules and what they have to say about them. Johns Hopkins University.

Winston, P., Angel, R. J., Burton, L. M., Chase-Lansdale, P. L., Cherlin, A .J., Moffitt, R. A., & Wilson, W. J. (1999). Welfare, children, and families: Overview and design. Johns Hopkins University.

Burton, L. M. Cherlin, A. J., Francis, J., Jarrett, R. L., Quane, J., Williams, C., & Stem Cook, M. N. (1998). What welfare recipients and the fathers of their children are saying about welfare reform. Johns Hopkins University.


Meacham, J. A. Family and individual development. Contemporary Sociology, 16(1), January, 1987.

Kornhaber, A. & Woodard, K. L. Grandparents/grandchildren: The vital connection. Journal of Gerontology, January, 1986.

Research interests: 
  • Race/Class/Gender
  • Systems of Care for Children/Families/Older Adults
  • Social Determinants of Health


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