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Susan Rose

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology; Director of Community Studies and Mosaics (1984)

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239 W Louther St Room 301


Susan Rose, class of 1977 is Charles A Dana Professor in Sociology and Director of Community Studies 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

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

WGSS 302 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 WGSS 302-01.

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.