Ann Burnett, Director of Women and Gender Studies
Dr. Ann Burnett was born in Colorado, attended Colorado College for her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and the University of Northern Colorado for her Master’s degree in Communication. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Utah, with a focus on jury decision-making. With the first year of law school under her belt from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Burnett continues her research in jury behavior and is pursuing her interest in law through a legal consulting business. She specializes in running jury focus groups and mock trials, preparing witnesses for trial, creating and analyzing jury questionnaires, and conducting post-trial interviews.
In addition to her interest in legal communication, Dr. Burnett also pursues research in interpersonal communication on how fast-paced lifestyles impact relationships.
As Director of Women and Gender Studies at NDSU, she enjoys teaching Women and Gender Studies courses and is working on developing the program. She actively supports women’s activities including the Women in Action and NEW Leadership programs, Take Back the Night, and Women’s Week. With Dr. Canan Bilen Green, she co-directs the NDSU Advance FORWARD grant, awarded to NDSU in fall 2008.
She resides in Moorhead with her husband, Mark, daughter, Carolina (from a distance at the University of Minnesota), and Nichols, a neurotic but loveable golden retriever.