Faculty Profile

Susan Rose

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

Contact Information


239 W Louther St Room 301


Susan Rose, class of 1977 is Charles A Dana Professor in Sociology and Director of the Community Studies Center and Mosaics. Her four books and numerous articles focus on cross-cultural and ethnographic studies of religious fundamentalisms, global gender violence, sexuality education, (im)migration, and the Carlisle Indian School: Indigenous Histories, Memories, and Reclamations. She is interested in life course studies, inequality, and systems of socialization (family, education, and religion) with a particular emphasis on the political economy of comparative family systems and the interaction of gender, class, and race. Other areas of interest include: indigenous studies, individual and collective trauma and memory, social policy, and qualitative research methods.


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


  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2000-2001

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

SOCI 313 China Practicum
Cross-listed with ANTH 345-01. Permission of instructor required.

SOCI 313 Indig & Socio Ways
This seminar will focus on education and (in)equality and will explore our understanding of the life course and the ways in which history and biography interact. How do cultures and political economies in particular times and places influence people’s lived experiences and their life choices and life chances? Case studies will include the complex and controversial history of the Carlisle Indian School that enrolled over 8,000 young people from virtually every Native nation between 1879-1918. Students will have the opportunity to conduct oral history interviews with descendants and delve into archival research as the community commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the closing of the Carlisle Indian School that will bring Indigenous artists, writers, playwrights, and speakers to campus.

ANTH 345 China Practicum
Cross-listed with SOCI 313-04.Permission of instructor required.

Spring 2019

SOCI 405 Senior Thesis
Permission of Instructor Required

SOCI 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch