Timothy Burke

Professor of History

Timothy Burke

A cultural historian, Timothy Burke is an authority on popular culture in America and the history of Africa, with a special interest in modern imperialism and the nations of Zimbabwe and South Africa. His most recent book, Saturday Morning Fever, co-authored with brother Kevin Burke, explores American cartoon culture and its influence on Generation X. His first book, Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women: Commodification, Consumption and Cleanliness in Modern Zimbabwe (Duke University Press, 1996), is a study of changes in African material culture and economic behavior caused by the spread of manufactured goods and rising consumerism. A professor at Swarthmore since 1994, Burke also has expertise in the history of advertising and science fiction and the development of cyberspace and computer-mediated communication.