Burnham is a journalist/historian and teacher of writing.
Burnham has published in American Heritage, The Washington
Post, MHQ, Transition, Emerge, The
Columbia Journalism Review, and Indian Country Today.
Burnham is the author of How the Other Half Lived: A People's
Guide to American Historic Sites (1995), an investigation
of the public history of American minority groups; Indian Country,
God's Country: Native Americans and the National Parks (2000),
an exposé of how America's public lands were wrested from
North American tribes; and So Far From Dixie: Confederates in
Yankee Prisons (2003), a narrative account of Civil War confinement.
His work focuses on American culture, Native American history, and
the role of minorities in American life today.
In the fall of 2014, Burnham's
Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of The Little Bighorn
was published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Burnham has taught college-level
writing, literature, and history at the University of New Mexico,
the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Sinte Gleska College,
Johns Hopkins University, and, as a Fulbright fellow, at Cheikh
Anta Diop University in Dakar. He has done archival research in
public and private collections throughout the U.S. and in several
countries abroad. He is currently a Term Assistant Professor of
composition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Burnham holds a B.A. in
English Composition from Beloit College, an M.F.A. in Writing from
the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a Ph.D. in American
Studies from the University of New Mexico.