- Doctor of Philosophy in Social Ecology (focus on criminology, law, and society), University of California-Irvine
- Master's Degrees in Sociology, Political Science, Economy, and Law, Munich, Germany
Teaching has been Burton's passion for the past 14 years. She has taught a variety of criminology, criminal justice, and law courses at two major universities in Southern California. Most of her classes had enrollments of 150 to 400 students. To better serve her students she was one of the first faculty members who made extensive use of the Internet and established message boards, frequent e-mail exchange, discussion forums, and online chats for students.
Burton's main professional interests are forensic psychology, terrorism, and cultural diversity. During her doctorial program at UCI she interned at the Regional Police Academy of Los Angeles County where she co-wrote and co-taught their first revised cultural awareness courses.
After completing her master's programs in Germany, Burton coordinated political and criminological seminars at one of the leading conference centers of Germany and worked as an intelligence research specialist for the government. She was one of the first women to successfully manage the rigorous training program at the German Federal Law Enforcement Academy.
Outside of school Burton enjoys her home life. She has been married for 15 years and has two daughters, Sophie and Sarah. Her family also includes two dogs, a guinea pig, and horses.