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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.


Read Timothy Burke's blog, Easily Distracted—a "jackdaw perspective on culture, politics, academia, and other shiny objects."


Listen to Tim Burke explore the evolution and implications of massively-multiplayer online computer games and how "virtual worlds" are changing the way we live, work, and play.

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