Dr. Burch received her Ph.D. in Mass Media from Michigan State University, M.A. in Broadcast Electronic Arts from San Francisco State University, and B.A. in Music from California State University East Bay. She is a Fulbright Scholar, Writer and Documentary Filmmaker. She has taught numerous courses in the program including Media Ethics & Law, Health, Science & Environmental Journalism, International Communications, Video Production, and Internships. Her research, which focuses on the media and environmental issues around the world, is published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Media, Culture and Society, and Journal of Film and Video, among others. Her work has appeared in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and KQED Public Television. She is engaged in campaigns for Black Lives Matter!, 350.org, and other social justice groups, including the LGBTQ non-profit: Oregon Women’s Land Trust.