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Tufts University
Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
Jackson 103
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2598
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Jennifer Burton
Professor of the Practice


Ph.D. English and American Literature, Harvard University
A.M. English and American Literature, Harvard University
A.B. Drama, Harvard-Radcliffe College


Jennifer Burton is a filmmaker and helms the independent film company Five Sisters Productions. Her films include Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens (a documentary on gender, identity, and drag, 2016), The Happiest Day of His Life (MTV/Logo) and Manna From Heaven (MGM/SONY). Corporate projects include the "Your Ford Story" campaign of mini-documentary commercials for Ford Motor Company and film/storytelling workshops for L Brands, Inc. Working with Tufts student filmmakers, she has produced the Half the History project, a series of short films on women in American history, and Old Guy, as comedic take on agism in the media. Her publications include Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies (W. W. Norton), co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and The Prize Plays and Other One-Acts: Zora Neale Hurston, Eulalie Spence, Marita Bonner, and Others(Macmillan/G.K. Hall). Burton earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in English and American Literature, writing her dissertation on hope in American literature and film.

Courses Taught

DR 193/FMS 0193 Fairy Tales and Film in the Modern World
DR 194/FMS 0194 Advanced Filmmaking
DR 152/FMS 134 Producing for Film
DR 158/FMS 0194 Film Directing
DR 93/FMS 29 Film Media Studies Colloquium
DR 193/FMS 0193 Making the Mini-Doc