Biography

James Burke

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008

• Emphasis on historical geography and transportation geography

• Dissertation title: North Carolina’s First Railroads

 

Certificate, Historic Preservation, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2004

• Emphasis on southern material culture and architectural conservation

• Internship: Pioneer America Society. W. Frank Ainsley, advisor

• Internship topic: Rural Architecture in Edgecombe, Wilson, and Wayne Counties

 

M.A., Liberal Studies, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2001

• Emphasis on Cultural Geography and Historical Archaeology

• Thesis topic: Cultural Geography of Bladen County, North Carolina

 

B.A., Creative Arts, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1982

• Emphasis on Music and Drama. Minor in Natural Sciences

• Senior Recital in Music in 1980

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

• 2008: GIS Applications for Profile Leveling and Excavations

• 2008: Mapping Regional and County Sentiment towards Amendments to the North Carolina Constitution through the Voting Patterns of their Delegates to State Constitutional Convention of 1835.

• 2006: The Geopolitical/Economic Influences Associated with the Building of Virginia’s First Railroads

• 2005: Internal Improvements in North Carolina, 1830-1840

 

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

• 2002: Historical Geography of the Wilmington to Weldon Railroad

• 2001: Applied Remote Sensing

• 2001: Material Culture and Folk Architecture in North Carolina

• 2001: 18th and 19th Century Settlement Patterns of the Waccamaw Indians

 

INTERNSHIPS

• 2007: Curatorial Internship with the National Park Service in Death Valley

• 2004: Research Internship with the Pioneer America Society

 

APPOINTMENTS

• 2012, Summer I: Adjunct Faculty. Accelerated Degree Completion Program, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Wilmington, N.C. Campus

• 2010, Summer II: Temporary Faculty. Department of Geography & Geology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

• 2009-present: Adjunct Professor, Arts and Humanities, Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC

• 2008-2009: Non-editing Instructor, Colorado Technical University, Institute for Advanced Studies, DM Research and Writing

• 2007: Teaching Assistant, Geography, UNC-Greensboro

• 2007: Graduate Research Assistant, Geography, UNC-Greensboro

 

COURSES TAUGHT

• 2012, Summer I: World Geography, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Wilmington, N.C. Campus

• 2011, Spring to present: Critical Thinking, Cape Fear Community College

• 2010, Fall to present: The Nature of America, Cape Fear Community College

• 2010, Fall to present: Southern Culture, Cape Fear Community College

• 2010, Summer II: North Carolina Geography. University of North Carolina at Wilmington

• 2009-present: The History of Architecture. Cape Fear Community College

• 2008-present: Non-editing Instructor, Doctor of Management Research and Writing, Colorado Technical University, Institute for Advanced Studies

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

• Burke, J.C. 2012. The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in the Civil War. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. In press.

• Burke, J.C. 2011. The Wilmington & Raleigh Rail Road Company (1833-1854). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

• Burke, J.C. 2010. Antebellum Plans to Reopen Roanoke Inlet. The North Carolina Geographer 17: 17-25.

• Burke, J.C. and Elizabeth Nelson. 2009. Amending the North Carolina Constitution: Spatial and Political Enfranchisement as Portrayed By Delegates Votes and Voter Representation in 1835. The North Carolina Geographer 16: 36-48

• Burke, J.C. and Leanne Sulewski. 2008. The North Carolina Global TransPark: A Brief History from a Regional Planning Perspective. The North Carolina Geographer 15: 20-36

• Burke, J.C. 2008. British Iron on American Railroads. Railroad History Spring-Summer 2008, 60-65

• Burke, J.C. 2005. The Journal of Frances Anne Kemble and the Stagecoach Line of the Wilmington and Raleigh Rail Road – Enfield to Stantonsburg. The North Carolina Geographer 13: 1-16.

Professional Reports and other Publications

• Burke, J.C. and Mark Koenig. 2009. The Carpenter’s Shop on the Former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Complex Site in Wilmington, N.C. Wilmington, N.C.: Wilmington Railroad Museum.

• Burke, J.C. 2008. The Railroads of North Carolina. In A Comparative Atlas: North Carolina and The Piedmont Triad by Jeffrey C. Patton, Roberta Williams, D. Gordon Bennett. Greensboro, NC: The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers

• Burke, J.C. 2005. The Fayetteville Rail Road. Wilmington Railroad Museum: The Coastline

• Burke, J.C. 2004. Charles Baldwin, a likely Joe. Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Bulletin

• Burke, J.C. 2003. Applying above ground and aerial archaeology to historic preservation. UNCG Department of Interior Architecture: The Historic Dimension Series

• Burke, J.C. 2004. Historic Bricks. UNCG Department of Interior Architecture: The Historic Dimension Series

 

ABSTRACTS, PRESENTATIONS, LECTURES

• Burke, J.C. 2012. The Civil War History of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad. Burgaw Depot, Burgaw, NC. Sponsored by North Carolina Humanities Council.

• Burke, J.C. 2012. The Role of Fayetteville in the History of North Carolina’s First Railroads. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville, N.C.

• Burke, J.C. 2011. The Wilmington & Raleigh Rail Road Company. Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, N.C.

• Burke, J.C. 2011. The Wilmington & Raleigh Rail Road Company. Mondays at the Mansion Lecture Series, Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wilmington, N.C.

• Burke, J.C. 2008. The Closing of Roanoke Inlet. Graduate Liberal Studies Conference, Wilmington, NC

• Burke, J.C. 2006. The Journal of Frances Anne Kemble and the Stagecoach Line of the Wilmington and Raleigh Rail Road. Graduate Liberal Studies Conference, Wilmington, NC

 

SERVICE

• Board of Trustees. Wilmington Railroad Museum (2010-present)

• Researcher, Wilmington Railroad Museum (2001-06, 2008-09)

• Volunteer Production Composer, University Theatre, UNCW (2004-09)

• Board of Directors, Ad Hoc Theatre, Ltd. (non-profit), Wilmington, NC (1989-93)