Academia: Mila Burns is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College (CUNY). She earned her Ph.D. in History in 2017 from The Graduate Center (CUNY). She also has an M.A. in Latin American Studies (Columbia University, 2012), and an M.A. in Social Anthropology (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2008).

Journalism: For more than a decade, Mila Burns has been a prominent journalist in Brazil and New York. She has a B.A. from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She is currently the anchor of Globo Notícia Américas, a newscast dedicated to the Latino community broadcast on Sundays at TV Globo Internacional. She has also worked at TV Globo Brasil, and The Economist. From New York, she writes to several Brazilian publications, such as O Globo, Bravo, Marie Claire, SuperInteressante, and Mundo Estranho.

Mila Burns lives in New York since January 2009, with a one year gap, when she left the city to travel around the United States driving a RV. She is the owner and founder of the media producer company Gumbo Media.