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Susan Brin Hyatt

Campus Address: CA 413B
Phone: (317) 278-4548
Fax: (317)278-5220
Email: suhyatt@iupui.edu
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Associate Professor of Anthropology; Department Chair, 2015-2018; Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology (Bloomington); Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Philanthropy; Visiting Research Fellow, Durham University (UK), School of Applied Social Sciences, 2013-2017.


B.A. Grinnell College 1976
M.A. University of Michigan 1980
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1996


After completing my MA at the University in Michigan, I left the academic world and worked for 8 years as a community organizer in Southwest Chicago. After completing my PhD at the University of Massachusetts, from 1996-2004, I taught at Temple University in Philadelphia. I also co-founded the Indiana chapter of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program, a national and international model for prison education involving bringing college students into carceral institutions where they take classes alongside incarcerated students.

Academic Interests

Urban anthropology, service learning and ethnographic methods, social movements, anthropology of policy, anthropology of contemporary Europe and North America; the impact of incaceration and re-entry.


Senior Capstone; Urban Anthropology; Ethnographic Methods.


Grinnell College Alumni Award (2001),
Distinguished Teaching Award (2003),
College of Liberal Arts, Temple University. Boyer Scholar, 2006-07 Trustees Teaching Award, 2008, 2012, School of Liberal Arts Indiana Campus Compact Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement, 2010 Chancellor's Faculty Award for Civic Engagement, 2012 Robert C. Harman Applied Anthropology Visiting Scholar, California State University, Long Beach, Fall 2012. Harman Distinguished Scholar of Applied Anthropology, Long Beach State University, Fall 2012. Robert C. Harman Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Applied Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach, Fall 2012. Trevelyan College Scholar-in-Residence, Spring 2013, Trevelyan College, Durham University, United Kingdom.


Hyatt, Susan, Boone Shear and Susan Wright, eds. Learning Under Neoliberalism: Ethnographies of Governance in Higher Education, Berghahn Press February 2015. “Higher Education, Engaged Anthropology and Hegemonic Struggle,” Co-Authored with Boone W. Shear. Introduction to the edited collection, Learning Under Neoliberalism, Berghahn Press, February 2015, pp. 1-29. “Using ethnographic methods to understand universities and neoliberal development in North Central Philadelphia,” Learning Under Neoliberalism: Ethnographies of Governance in Higher Education, Berghahn Press, February 2015, pp. 56-78. "Closing Recidivism's Revolving Door: Year One of Work Court at RecycleForce," report, May 2015.


American Anthropological Association, Committee on Public Policy, Undesignated Seat #7, November 2012-November 2015. Co-Chair COPAA (Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs), 2011-2015. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, National Executive Committee Member, 2015 Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship Program, Grant Reviewer, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2014-2017. “Imagine: Connecting Communities Through Research,” Economic and Social Research Council UK, Connected Communities Initiative, International Advisor, 2013-2017.

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