Dr. Burke joined the music history faculty at the University of Louisville in 2015. His research centers on music of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries with areas of interest that include French spectacle and the relationship between science, natural philosophy, and music. His dissertation, “Music, Magic, and Mechanics: The Living Statue in Ancien-Régime Spectacle,” examines the rise of the living statue as a complex symbol of the power of music and dance in works by composers including Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel de La Barre, and Jean-Philippe Rameau. He also has long been engaged with the field of music and disability studies. His article on Civil-war era popular songs that portray disabled veterans appears in the Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies (2015).
Dr. Burke received his Ph.D. in musicology from Case Western Reserve University. He has presented talks at national and international conferences including the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, and the Power of Affections International Conference. His work has been supported by the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, and by the Richard A. Zdanis Research Fellowship, the Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, and the Heinrich Award from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Burke also holds degrees in Music Theory and Composition, and is an active composer.