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Jennifer Burton

Class of 1986-1987

About Jennifer

(updated 2019) Jennifer Burton is a Professor of the Practice in Film at Tufts University. As a filmmaker, she 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, 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.

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