Dr. Jessica L. Burke

Photo of Jessica Burke

Dr. Jessica L. Burke

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: FH 244
Phone: 843-661-1656

Ph. D. – Kent State University, 2013


Dr. Jessica L. Burke is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Francis Marion University.  Her research focuses on examining interracial relationships from a stress process approach, applying identity theory to domestic violence, with a particular emphasis on female perpetrators, and using identity theory to examine the impact stigmatized identities have on well-being and mental health.  Dr. Burke has a peer-reviewed article forthcoming in Race, Gender, and Class.  This article examines psychological distress among Latino intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic relationships.  She has also published a book chapter on interracial relationships and cultural metaphors, and is currently writing two book chapters for an edited volume on domestic violence.  She has presented her research at various national and regional conferences, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, the Southern Sociological Society, and the American Society of Criminology.

Courses Taught: 

SOCI 201: Principles of Sociology
SOCI 205: Marriage and Family Relations
SOCI 310: Racial and Cultural Minorities
SOCI 315: Sex and Gender in Social Contexts
SOCI 361: Society and the Individual
SOCI 375: Sociology of Health and Medicine
SOCI 382: Sociology of Families
SOCI 403: Survey Methodology

Research Posters: 

Unusual Suspects and Unsuspecting Victims: Correlates of Females who Kill Male Intimate Partners
Psychological Distress among Black-White Interracial and Intraracial Relationships



FMU has the lowest cost of attendance of any college in South Carolina, based on rankings from CollegeFactual.com.

Meaningful Academics

The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

The Right Size

The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


Students can walk our lovely, tree-lined campus in about 30-45 minutes, but most take longer because in a place this beautiful, you want to stop and enjoy nature’s beauty.


  • U.S. News & World Report Best Social Mobility
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Regional University South
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Public University
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Performer Economic Diversity
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Engineer Schools
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Business Schools


Download the campus map HERE.


Mailing Address:
PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502
Street Address:
4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

Main Office Numbers

Problems with our site? Contact the webmaster: webmaster@fmarion.edu


Francis Marion University follows all state, local, and federal laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher learning. FMU adheres to all Title IX policies, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state, local, or federal law. General questions regarding Title IX can be directed to the Office of Civil Rights (www.ed.gov/ocr). Specific questions may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator (titleixcoordinator@fmarion.edu) or the University’s Human Resources Office.

Francis Marion’s sexual misconduct (Title IX) procedures define the University’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and explain the recourse and protections afforded complainants and respondents.