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Faculty Profile

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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

WGSS 202 Fam & Gen in Cross-Cult Pers
Cross-listed with SOCI 224-01. 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.

SOCI 224 Fam & Gen in Cross-Cult Pers
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-03.

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. Prerequisites: Either 110, 222, 224, 228 or 310, or one course from WGSS or RELG, or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 327 Sex, Gender, and Religion
Cross-listed with WGSS 302-03.