Professor Burton holds undergraduate degrees in Government (Prescott College) and Conservation of Natural Resources (UC-Berkeley); an M.A. in Cultural Geography with a Regional Planning emphasis (San Francisco State University); and the Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley. He directs the M.P.A. program concentration in Environmental Policy, Management, and Law; and the M.P.A. program concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Prof. Burton's specialization is law and public policy, with an emphasis on the cultural dimensions of environmental law and policy, and on intergovernmental relations in all-hazards management. He is former chair of a gubernatorial commission overseeing cleanup of Colorado's largest municipal Superfund site; and is now serving his third term on the Denver Board of Environmental Health. Overseas research includes a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Auckland, New Zealand; and the study of culture, religion, and environmental management in Thailand.