Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A., Colby College; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Burner specializes in 19th and 20th century Latin American cultural production, with a focus on Peru and Chile. Her research and teaching explore the intersections of literature, environmental issues, gender, economics, and labor, especially related to extractive industries such as mining. Her current research examines literature written during the boom and bust economies based in the fertilizers: guano and nitrates, which took place in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Chile and Peru. Dr. Burner’s teaching includes courses in Latin American Literature and the Environment and Women’s Voices in Latin America.


“De Jotabeche a Germán Marín: Narrativas de la minería sostenible, la agricultura extractivista, y el agua en el desierto del Norte Chico chileno” [“From Jotabeche to Germán Marín: Narratives of sustainable mining, extractivist agriculture, and water in the desert of the Chilean Norte Chico.”] Anales de Literatura Chilena. vol. 19, no. 30, 2018, pp. 183-193.


“Tales of Incan Gold in an Era of Guano: Juana Manuela Gorriti’s Precious Metal Melodramas.” Hispanic Review. vol 86, no. 3, 2018, pp. 353-376.


 “Spinning Wool into Silver: Romancing Investment and the Wool Export Boom in Aves sin nido.” Siglo Diecinueve (Literatura Hispánica). vol. 21, 2015, pp. 99-121.