Skip to main content

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.

Blog

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

Audio

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.

Submissions Welcome

The Communications Office invites all members of the Swarthmore community to share videos, photos, and story ideas for the College's website. Have you seen an alum in the news? Please let us know by writing news@swarthmore.edu.