Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
“And this is what I learned, that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion—that standing within this otherness—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart” (Mary Oliver, Blue Pastures, 64).
Dr. Lori Burlingame is a Professor of English, whose area of specialization is Native American literature, and the faculty advisor for the Native American Student Organization (NASO) at Eastern. Prof. Burlingame earned her B.A. from Allegheny College in English and Russian and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
Before joining the English Department at Eastern Michigan University in the Fall of 1997, Prof. Burlingame worked as a lecturer at Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY Brockport. From 1994-1995, she received a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education) Fellowship at St. John Fisher College. She has also taught as a graduate student at the University of Rochester and as a co-instructor of a Fall 1994 writing seminar at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Prof. Burlingame's research interests are in twentieth and twenty-first century Native American fiction, specifically the works of D'Arcy McNickle, James Welch, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Silko. She has done some reviewing for The American Indian Quarterly, The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL), Western American Literature, and The Great Plains Quarterly.
Prof. Burlingame loves teaching and working with students, and she believes in the interactive classroom in which students are actively engaged with and discussing literature and writing. Please feel free to e-mail or to call her; she welcomes hearing from students and prospective students.
Prof. Burlingame has given numerous conference presentations on the works of Louise Erdrich, James Welch, David Treuer, Zitkala-Sa, and others; the mascot issue; teaching Native American literature; and the theme of adoption in literature. Among the places she has presented are the Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference, the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Conference, Michigan College English Association (MCEA) Conferences, Liberal Arts Network Development (LAND) Conferences, and the Ypsilanti District Library at Whitaker Road.