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Susan J. Ferguson

Department Chair of Sociology

Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for 25 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (Sage, 2018) 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 of 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 (McGraw-Hill, 2011), and most recently, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality & Identity (Sage, 2016). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for Contemporary Family Perspectives, which is a series of research monographs and short texts on the family (Sage Publications). 

In 2005, Ferguson trained to become a department consultant and member of the Department Resources Group (DRG) for the American Sociological Association. ASA DRG consultants are hired to review departments, help with assessment, mentor sociology colleagues, or address particular concerns with curriculum or departmental structure. Ferguson also is active in the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning, and she regularly offers teaching workshops at regional and national meetings.  She recently co-authored the Measuring College Learning White Paper in Sociology (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and she was co-chair of the ASA Task Force on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major, which published The Sociology Major in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Curriculum, Careers, and Online Learning.


Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3133

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On-Campus Address: 

106 Carnegie Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / 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

Courses Taught: 

Introduction to Sociology; Methods of Empirical Investigation; Sociology of Health and Illness; The Family; Practicum in Applied Sociology; Special Topic: Sociology of the Body; Special Topic: Global Health; Advanced Studies: Contemporary Woman's Health Issues; Advanced Studies: Race, Gender & Social Class

Primary Academic Interest: 

The Family
Medical Sociology

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