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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr. Ashley Burns asserts that, in light of the deeply embedded disparity produced by American institutions, there is still hope in the meaningful power that results from individual efforts to offer help and to work towards change. She charges us to consider how each of us can be a defining moment in another's lived experience.
Ashley Burns is an Assistant Professor in the
Political Science department at Amherst College. Dr. Burns has a Ph. D and MA from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. She completed her BA in Political Economy at Williams College. Her research examines relationships of political and economic equity, social stratification,
and public policy. Dr. Burns’ most recent
manuscript, “Stuck on the American Dream,” is
focused on housing policy, gentrification, and
identity politics. She is also developing projects
that address diversity policies in institutions,
disaster response after Hurricane Katrina, and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. At
Amherst College, Dr. Burns teaches with an
interdisciplinary lens on issues of racial and class stratification, social justice, and domestic welfare policies. She also is the Program Director for DukeEngage New Orleans. Her courses cover American politics, housing, ethics, and public policy.
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