Susan Ferguson
Curriculum Vitae

Susan J. Ferguson

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Director of Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Susan Ferguson (she/her) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Grinnell College, where she has taught for over 30 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (SAGE, 2021) is used in introductory classes around the country. Ferguson also teaches courses on the family, medical sociology, and a seminar on social inequality and identity.  Ferguson has published in all these areas, including the research collection, Breast Cancer:  Society Shapes an Epidemic (with co-editor Anne Kasper, Palgrave, 2000), Shifting the Center:  Understanding Contemporary Families (SAGE, 2022), and Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class:  Dimensions of Inequality and Identity (SAGE, 2020). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for “Contemporary Family Perspectives,” a series of research monographs on the family (SAGE Publications). During fall 2016, Ferguson taught three courses on the inaugural Colorado State University Semester at Sea voyage, including the Sociology of Gender, Introduction to Sociology, and Global Studies. More recently, Ferguson is the recipient of the 2018 Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching and the 2021 ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. Her current research emphasis is on curriculum mapping in sociology with her co-PI, Stephen Sweet at Ithaca College. 


Education and Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 1993 M.A. Sociology, Colorado State University, 1988 B.A. Spanish and Political Science, Colorado State University, 1984

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