Dana Burton


Anthropology Ph.D. Program 

Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Advisor: Ilana Feldman

Current Research

Burton's research follows NASA scientists' search for life on Mars and the ways scientists come to grapple with and even redefine how they understand life of Earth. Her work centers the microbe as a figure around which questions of biology, forward and back contamination, and the practice of science emerger. She is also interested in NASA's engagement with the public and how different publics may be affected by the search for life in outerspace.



M.Phil (Anthropology), 2019, The George Washington University

M.A. (Anthropology), The George Washington University

B.A. (Political Science and Spanish), Tufts University