School of Public Affairs University of Colorado Denver
Secondary Core Area
The intersection of law, culture, and the environment; especially the handling of values conflicts over natural resource and environmental health decision making in domestic and international contexts.
Ph.D. 1984 University of California, Berkeley
Professor Burton holds undergraduate degrees in Government (Prescott College) and Conservation of Natural Resources (UC-Berkeley); an M.A. in Cultural Geography with a Regional Planning emphasis (San Francisco State University); and the Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley. He directs the M.P.A. program concentration in Environmental Policy, Management, and Law; and coordinates the public law curriculum. Prof. Burton's specialization is law and public policy, with an emphasis on conflict management in natural resource and environmental health policy implementation and enforcement. He is former chair of a gubernatorial commission overseeing cleanup of Colorado's largest municipal Superfund site; and is now serving his second term on the Denver Board of Environmental Health.
Dr. Burton has unveiled his new cultural resource interpretation and internship program web site, Place and Native Voice.