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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

SOCI 400 Sociology of Violence
While dealing with broad conceptualizations of violence, this course will focus on gender and sexual violence in the context of domestic and international disputes. We will examine: the social construction of gender and violence; social policy regarding violence; interpersonal violence: rape in the context of both wartime and peacetime, domestic violence (battering, child abuse, sexual abuse); women's rights as human rights; and the politics of trauma, memory, and denial.

SOCI 550 Independent Research

Spring 2018

SOCI 313 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.

SOCI 405 Senior Thesis
Permission of Instructor Required