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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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

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.