Faculty Profile

Susan Rose

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

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2016


239 W Louther St Room 301


Susan Rose is interested in life course studies, inequality, 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: indigenous studies, social policy, and qualitative research methods..


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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Spring 2017

SOCI 224 Fam & Gen in Cross-Cult Pers
In this comparative course in family systems, we will study the impact of production and politics on family life in various cultures, including Africa, Latin America, the Far East and the United States. The course uses ethnographic studies and documentaries to illuminate the impact of the political economy on family life, the life course, and gender roles and relationships. Various theories of development will place the ethnographies into socio-political and historical context.