Political Science Grad Focuses on Combating Inequities in Healthcare

Danielle Burns '21 MA


VILLANOVA, Pa. – During her time at Villanova University, Political Science master's program graduate Danielle Burns '20 CLAS, '21 MA, focused her research on intersectionality, archival recovery, racial and gender equity, and global politics and development. Today, she serves as a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, working to create programs and initiatives to help combat health inequities and bias in the healthcare industry.

"This role allows me to work closely with clinicians and healthcare administration to create a more inclusive and effective experience for all patients," Burns says.

Her diverse experiences at Villanova and after graduation are building toward a potential career in higher education. At Villanova, Burns held positions as a Teaching Fellow in the College of Professional Studies, a Research Fellow for the English Department and an Idol Family Research Fellow for the McNulty Institute. She most recently worked in Resource Mobilization at the United Nations before transitioning to her current position.

“My hope is to gain more practical work experience before returning to school to obtain my PhD and becoming a professor,” she says.

Burns was also a standout competitor for the Villanova Track & Field team in the hurdles and sprints, earning multiple BIG EAST championships, All-BIG EAST selections and All-BIG EAST Academic selections.

Learn more about Villanova's Graduate Programs in Political Science.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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