Dan Burland

Behavioral Sciences Department Chair
Assistant Professor in Criminology

B.A., Western Washington University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Email: daniel.burland@stmary.edu
Phone: 913-758-6148
Office: Mead 415

Dr. Daniel Burland, assistant professor in criminology, received his B.A. from Western Washington University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Professor Burland joined the USM faculty in 2013. His previous teaching position was in the Legal Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts--Amherst, where he taught courses on Military Law, Chivalry and Modern Law, Law in Times of Emergency, and Writing for Social Science majors. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he combines his knowledge of sociology, literature, and law to conduct research on the cultural and legal issues facing today's military service members and veterans. In 2012-2013, he served as the national Membership Chair for the section on Peace, War and Social Conflict within the American Sociological Association.

Before serving in the Army, he did research in the area of Renaissance literature and also taught French courses for many years at the high school and college levels.

Burland uses a wide variety of teaching materials in his Sociology and Criminology courses, supplementing the textbook with news reports, historical documents, works of literature, films, and internet blogs. His classes feature lively discussion, collaborative group activities, and a focus on the relevance of the course material to current world events and to students' own lives.