Susan M. Ross


B.A. Millersville University
M.A., University of New Hampshire
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

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(570) 321-4204

Susan M. Ross

Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice

Special Interest: Criminology, Sociology of Law, Sociology of Family, Gender, Research Methods, and Crime-Deviance-Social Control

Areas of Expertise/Specialties: Criminology, Sociology of Law, Sociology of Family, Gender, Research Methods, and Crime-Deviance-Social Control

Dr. Susan Ross is a professor of sociology and has been teaching at Lycoming College since 1998. She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Ross is the co-author, along with Michael Musheno, of the book Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq (University of Michigan Press, 2008), which draws on interviews conducted with citizen soldiers of an Army Reserve unit who were among the first wave of reservists mobilized after 9/11. Deployed a portrait of how a group of civilians came to be called to extraordinary service to their country and how they adapted to long deployments while coping with family relations, military duties, and civilian careers. She is the editor of the book, American Families Past and Present: Social Perspectives on Transformations (Rutgers University Press, 2006), a collection of multi-disciplinary essays by distinguished scholars who have helped shape contemporary family studies. Much of her work involves the interplay of issues of social control as they pertain to family life. This type of work is illustrated in a co-authored chapter written for Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective (Yale University Press, 2005), edited by Michael Donnelly and Murray A. Straus.

She teaches across Lycoming’s curriculum, contributing courses in the Sociology-Anthropology Department, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Program. She is the recipient of teaching awards from both the University of New Hampshire and Lycoming College. Dr. Ross is the faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and watching classic films.

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