Susan Stone, Ph.D.
Professor of English
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Loras College, 2001
B.A., Emory University, 1991
M.A., University of South Carolina, 1997
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2001

Dr. Stone teaches a wide variety of courses in 19th-century American literature and culture, Gender Studies, Native American and African American Studies, Writing, and other areas, including courses on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, law in American literature and film, and her newest MOI—a pop-culture class centered on the hit TV show, “The Big Bang Theory.” Her most recent scholarly work, presented at the annual Modern Language Association conference and published by the University of Georgia Press, has focused on the legacies of women transcendentalists—both traditional and not—including Margaret Fuller and Mary Wilkins Freeman. In addition, she has been invited twice to present her biographical research about the earliest Native Americans to become Catholic priests and nuns at the annual St. Kateri Tekakwitha meeting, the oldest and biggest international conference for the study of Catholicism among Indigenous peoples.

Pedagogically, she believes strongly in class participation, hands-on learning, and having fun. For example, in her J-term class, students don’t just read and write about stories by and about Native American authors. They actually travel to and live on Native reservations, interacting with Native people and experiencing everything from the somewhat expected—that language, education, and storytelling are key to identity and that embracing Native heritage and US military service are both matters of tribal pride—to the extremely unexpected; for example, some tribes use more cutting-edge technology than we do, and some consider muskrat–which she and her students not only ate and found rather tasty but also learned how to cook–a culinary delicacy tied to survival during hard times. These things you just don’t get in a standard classroom.

When she is not preparing rustic (all organic!) wildlife meals over an open fire with her students, teaching, or attending to her responsibilities as the division chairperson, she loves working with Habitat for Humanity, the Literary Society, Dance Marathon, and the Rugby Club. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and her cat Freya.

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