B.A with Honors in Anthropology, Grinnell College (Iowa), 1976 M.A. in Anthropology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), 1980 PhD in Anthropology, 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 correctional 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; History of Anthroopological Thought.


Boyer Scholar, Center for Service and Learning, 2006-07 Trustees Teaching Award, 2008, 2012, IU School of Liberal Arts Indianapolis 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 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. Lilly Endowment Research Grant, administered by RecycleForce, Inc. Funding to support an evaluation of “Work Court,” a diversion program for offenders convicted of technical rule violations in the terms of their parole or probation, Spring 2014, $5,000. IUPUI Solution Center Venture Grant in aid of the RecycleForce Study: Spring 2014, $960 (to support a graduate research assistant). Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Grant, “Between the National and the Local: The British Community Development Projects and the Creation of New Knowledge,” Summer 2014, $17,000. Indianapolis Arts and Humanities Summer Grant, “From Public to Private Housing: The Transformation of the Welfare State in Post-Thatcher England,” May 2015, $4,308. “Mid-North Health Matters: Reducing Obesity in Mapleton-Fall Creek,” Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) Pilot Program, collaborative grant with the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation, CTSI (Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute), November 1, 2015-October 31, 2016, $24,880 “Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City,” co-PI with Paul Mullins, Bantz Community Fellowship, June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017. $60,000


Coleman, Simon, Susan B. Hyatt, Ann Kingsolver, eds., The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology, Routledge Press, January 2017 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.


Society for the Anthropology of North America, elected Board member, 2016-2019. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, National Executive Committee Member 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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