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Susanna Donaldson PROF, AST TEACH

    Research Description
    Dr. Susie Donaldson (she/her) is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on ethnographic research in North America. Her area of expertise is the regions of southern and central Appalachia with a focus on tobacco farmers and farmworkers. She has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in this region on cultural conceptions of farming and farm work. Current explorations include (1) an examination of agrarian perceptions of child and adolescent farm labor and (2) an exploration of cultural memory in the burley tobacco region of rural Missouri (north of Kansas City, Missouri). Dr. Donaldson is expanding her research focus to include a pilot study exploring the culture of the paranormal investigation community in North America. Dr. Donaldson's areas of research include Appalachian studies, agrarian studies, anthropology of work, and economic anthropology. As an ethnographer, Dr. Donaldson's research projects employ ethnographic methodologies including, but not limited to, interview, focus groups, participant observation, and ethnographic fieldwork. Students interested in exploring anthropological and sociological questions via ethnographic methods are a good fit for Dr. Donaldson's research mentorship.

    Afflicated Department(s)


    First-generation college graduate

    Region of Interest
    North America  

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