Peter Burns

Chair and Professor

Peter Burns College of Social Sciences and Department of Political Science
Office Location
273 Monroe Hall
Mailing Address

Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 86
New Orleans, LA 70118

Direct Phone
(504) 865-2299
Fax Number
(504) 865-2158
E-mail Address


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1999; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1997; M.A., University of Connecticut, 1994; B.A., University of Connecticut, 1992

Short Bio

Peter Burns is the author of two books, Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics (State University of New York Press, 2006) and Success in College: From C’s in High School to A’s in College (Rowman Education, 2006).

Recently, Burns has written and published extensively on governance in New Orleans and the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina. His research on these subjects has appeared in, among other places, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Marion Orr’s edited volume entitled Transforming the City: Community Organizing and the Challenge of Political Change (University Press of Kansas, 2007).

In the 2007-2008 Academic Year, Burns served as a research fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. In 2003, Burns received the Loyola University Senate’s outstanding teaching award. Peter Burns' teaching and research interests include American Politics, Urban Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Public Policy, and other courses within the American Government subfield.

Courses Taught

  • American Government
  • Urban Politics
  • State and Local Government
  • Public Policy
  • Racial and Ethnic Politics
  • Southern Politics

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