Faculty Profile

Susan Rose

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Director of the Community Studies Center (1984), Department Chair

Contact Information


239 W Louther St


Susan Rose is interested in life course studies and systems of socialization (family, education, and religion), with a particular emphasis on comparative family systems and the interaction of gender, class, and race. Her research has focused on cross-cultural studies of the political economy of religious fundamentalisms, gender violence, sexuality education, and immigration. Other areas of interest include: stratification, social policy, and qualitative research methods..


  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1977
  • M.A., Cornell University, 1982
  • Ph.D., 1984

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

WGST 202 Sex, Gender & Religion
Cross-listed with SOCI 227-01.

SOCI 227 Sex, Gender & Religion
Cross-listed with WGST 202-04.

SOCI 230 Dealing with Data
How does one measure quality of life? If you had a “free” choice, where would you want to live? On what basis would you decide? How does your nationality, race, class, and gender affect your access to health care, prison, higher education, potable water? Or the probability of your dying before age 5 or living beyond age 75? Using a series of case studies, this course will examine demographic and socio-economic data, focusing on the development (and social construction) of social problems and social policy recommendations designed to eliminate or ameliorate those problems. While addressing social problems and policies, the course is skills-based and teaches students how to access relevant and reliable data, and then assess, analyze, and present those data in order to build strong arguments. Work will include short weekly readings and reports that use empirical data to argue points of view on a particular social issue and/or policy, debates, visual presentations, and a final policy brief of the student’s choosing. Issues to be examined are likely to include: wealth and health disparities both within and across countries; crime and incarceration rates by demographic characteristics and across countries; gender inequality and gender violence; teen pregnancy and reproductive health; MDGs and quality of life within and across countries; and immigration.

WGST 300 Sex, Gender, and Religion
Cross-listed with SOCI 327-01. Exploring the interactions between religious and gender and sexuality, this course examines: how various religious traditions perceive sexuality and gender; the ways in which religion influences social policy both within the United States and globally; and the impact this has on individuals, families, and societies. The course focuses on contemporary concerns, while offering a comparative (historical and cross-cultural) introduction to these issues across several religious traditions. Particular emphasis is given to religious fundamentalisms across the three major monotheistic religions:Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

SOCI 327 Sex, Gender, and Religion
Cross-listed with WGST 300-03.

Spring 2015

HEST 201 Introduction to Health Studies
Permission of Instructor Required.

Summer 2015

SOCI 500 Independent Study