Dr. Michelle Burton received her B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Houston and M.S. in Merchandising from the University of North Texas. After graduating from UNT she pursued a career in the retail industry and worked for many notable retailers such as Nordstrom, JCPenney, and Macy’s in varying levels of positions within the buying office ranging from allocation to merchandise planning. Her experiences in the retail industry allowed her to work across a broad spectrum of categories including apparel, handbags, shoes, and accessories. While working in the buying offices she also taught for many years online and enjoyed helping students realize their dreams by obtaining a degree and furthering their careers. To blend her love of retail with her passion for research and teaching others she returned to Iowa State University to earn her Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design.
Burton's research interests include the consumer’s (Generation Z and Millennials) engagement in sustainability practices, the impact of these practices on mental health, circular business models, and educational platforms (e.g., digital/social media) encouraging sustainability practices. Dr. Burton also serves in several organizations such as Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) and International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). She considers herself a lifelong learner with a passion for trail and ultrarunning, enjoying the outdoors, and actively involving herself in organizations such as Girls on the Run.