Susan D. Blum

Ph.D (University of Michigan)
Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
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Susan Blum has been thinking about the nature of humankind, its universalities and divergences, for her whole life. As a scholar she is fascinated with the topics of Chinese identity and nationalism, truth and deception, naming practices, college plagiarism, and educational culture. She is currently especially fixated on the disconnection between learning and schooling and is finishing a book called  "I Love Learning; I Hate School': An Anthropology of College."

Susan teaches classes about cultural, linguistic, and psychological anthropology. Her current favourite class is about the anthropology of childhood and education. After studying various aspects of Chinese society, she has been studying higher education for about a decade. Author of My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture (Cornell, 2009), which has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, WBUR Boston, USA Today, and many other media outlets. As an anthropologist immersed in the study of the academy, she finds every day filled with fascinating material.


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