Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, George Washington University
Dana Burton is a PhD student at George Washington University’s Anthropology Department. Her research follows the search for life on Mars, and seeks to understand the epistemologies of value and order which come to be applied to Martian life by various policy makers, scientists, and private entrepreneurs. With attention to feminist and multispecies literature, her work explores visions of life and living in space and how it shapes our conceptions of the environment, sociality, and governance. Thus far, her work has taken her to myriad conferences, lectures, and laboratories, in DC, Texas, and California. She plans to be a part of projects further a-field, whether they be space analog sites in Iceland and Chile or beyond. Dana is also an avid fiction reader and enjoys blues dancing. Above all, she loves drinking tea and getting into conversations about affect, presence, and the intricacies of everyday life.