Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Ph.D. Stanford University
economic anthropology, cognitive anthropology; kinship, gender and households
Professor Burton’s research interests are in the fields of economic and social anthropology, with emphasis on household and family. He has a strong interest in improving comparative and field research methods. His past research topics have included causes and consequences of the sexual division of labor, Maasai concepts of gender and social identity, and Navajo attitudes toward social change. He has done reserach in Yucatan, Kenya (Gikuyu and Maasai), and among the Navajo, he is currently working on a comparative study of macroeconomic change, migration, and the household food economy in Palau, Yap, Kosrae, and the Marshall Islands.