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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Susan Schalge

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Susan Schalge


2002 Ph.D. Anthropology. University of Minnesota.

1993 M.A. Anthropology. University of Minnesota.

1990 B.A. with honors, James Madison College, Michigan State University.

  • Dual majors in Anthropology and Social Science Law.
  • Certificate in African Studies.


Dr. Susan Schalge, a native of western New York State (Go Bills!), has been living and working in Minnesota since she began her graduate studies in Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialization include sociocultural anthropology, urban and applied anthropology, gender, mothering, social organization, and the anthropology of higher education. Her dissertation research (1995-1997) focused on women's informal sector labor and household organization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  More recently, she is investigating the practice of mothering and motherhood cross-culturally.  She has also expanded her research to include anthropological pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Courses Taught at MNSU

  • ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 230 - People and Cultures of the World
  • ANTH 240 - Language and Culture
  • ANTH 250W - Portraits of Culture
  • ANTH 285 - Special Topics: Peoples and Cultures of Sub Saharan Africa
  • ANTH 332 - Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 432/532 - Kinship, Marriage, and Family
  • ANTH 433/533 - Anthropology of Gender
  • ANTH 437/537 - Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 438W - Anthropological Theory
  • ANTH 485/585 - Writing in the Discipline
  • ANTH 485/585 - Career Strategies
  • ANTH 493/593 - Ethnography Lab
  • ANTH 470 - Senior Project Seminar
  • ANTH 602 - Graduate Seminar in Research Methods
  • ANTH 603 - Graduate Seminar in Practicing Anthropology
  • ANTH 604 - Graduate Seminar in Feminist Anthropology