Sociologist at University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Burns' research interests include reproductive politics, the politics of religion, moral conflict, and social movements. He also teaches social policy and social theory. He was awarded a fellowship to the Annenberg Scholars Program in 1995-96 and is the author of The Frontiers of Catholicism: The Politics of Ideology in a Liberal World and of The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States. In 2004 he was a recipient of the Mid-Michigan Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Gene Burns received the 2006 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movement for his book, The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States [Cambridge University Press, 2005].