Academia: Mila Burns teaches Latin American and U.S. History at Hunter College (CUNY) and Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). She is also Administrative Director at the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the Graduate Center, where she received her Ph.D. in History in 2017. 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.