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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 More Than Human (a feature documentary exploring how robots are already disrupting our ethical, cultural, and social lives, directed by Abby Child, currently in production); Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens (a feature documentary on gender, identity, and drag), 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, a comedic take on ageism 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