Founder Bio

KEVIN M. BURKE is a writer, scholar, editor, and documentary film producer, as well as the director of research at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard College in 1998 and from Harvard Law School in 2003. He received his master’s degree in History and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard in 2004 and 2006, respectively. With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dr. Burke is co-author of the book And Still I Rise: Black America since MLK (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2015) and co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, Twelve Years a Slave (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016). Dr. Burke’s film credits include working as the senior story producer on the popular genealogy series Finding Your Roots (PBS) and on Reconstruction: America after the Civil War (PBS, 2019), winner of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award. He also served as a senior historical adviser on the Emmy Award–nominated Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise (PBS, 2016) and Africa’s Great Civilizations (PBS, 2017). A native of the Hudson River Valley, Dr. Burke is a member of the New York State Bar and serves as president of the Downing Film Center in Newburgh, New York; chair of the Greenway Conservancy of the Hudson River Valley; vice chair of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Management Committee; chair of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park Foundation; and a trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. He and his wife Anna Barranca-Burke live with their son, Edward, in New York.

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