Diane Mutti-Burke

Professor of History, Department Chair & Director of the Center for Midwestern Studies

Office: 222C Cockefair Hall
Ph: 816-235-2549
Email: muttiburked@umkc.edu


Diane Mutti Burke is an historian of the American South and the Civil War with a particular interest in the history of slavery, women, and the Missouri/Kansas border region. She teaches a range of courses on nineteenth century American History, including courses on the Civil War, the American South, the History of US Women to 1877, the Missouri/Kansas Border Wars, and comparative slavery. In addition, she co-directs an Honors Study Abroad program in Cork, Ireland.

Dr. Mutti Burke is a native Kansas Citian, who earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College (1990) and M.A. and Ph.D from Emory University (2004). She has focused much of her research on the history of Missouri. Her award-winning first book, On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 (University of Georgia Press, 2010), is an examination of how slavery and slaveholding were influenced by both the geography and the small scale of the slaveholding enterprise in the state. She has written a number of articles about slavery, women, and the Civil War in Missouri. In addition, she has co-edited three collections of scholarly articles on Kansas City and the Missouri/Kansas border region: Kansas City, America’s Crossroads, co-edited with John Herron (State Historical Society of Missouri, 2007); Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border, co-edited with Jonathan Earle (University Press of Kansas, 2013); and Wide-Open Town: Kansas City during the Pendergast Era, co-edited with John Herron and Jason Roe (University Press of Kansas, 2018). The articles in the Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri and Wide-Open Town collection were the product of major public conferences at the Kansas City Public Library in 2011 and 2016. Dr. Mutti Burke is currently completing an edited and annotated diary of a small-slaveholding Cooper County, Missouri woman named Paulina Stratton and working on a monograph about refugee populations during the Civil War.

Dr. Mutti Burke is deeply engaged in bringing the history of this region to the public through her role as the Director of UMKC’s Center for Midwestern Studies. She regularly speaks to public audiences and consults with a number of cultural institutions about their regional history programming. She was awarded a Distinguished Literary Achievement Award from the Missouri Humanities Council in 2014 for her dedication to the study of Missouri. She also directs Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom & the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars, a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers from throughout the nation.


ANCH 107, HIST 306, 348, 349, 358R, 369, 400CC, 400F, 498, 5500RD, 5506, 5548, 5549, 5558, 5587R

Academic Credentials

B.A., History, Dartmouth College (1990)
M.A./Ph.D., History, Emory University (1994/2004)