Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2003
M.A. Simon Fraser University, 1999
B.A. Simon Fraser University, 1997
University of Guelph,
Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Affiliated Faculty, 2007-
History Department, 2004-
Simon Fraser University,
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2002-2004
live performance and communication
entertainment and information industries
America in the world
North American West
Susan is currently working on a book-length study tentatively entitled: Born to Buck: Rodeo, Animals, and the Myths of the West. This project takes her questions about how modernity has shaped animal life, human life, and the environment to the North American West and beyond. It investigates rodeo performance as a phenomenon as familiar to Madison Square Garden as to rural Wyoming or Alberta. The book will ask how it was that to be "Western" in the 19th and 20th centuries was, in part, about demonstrating particular kinds of relationships to nonhuman animals and the land. This study thus brings together the fields of animal, environmental, consumer, and entertainment history.
Visit the rodeo archival tumblr: www.borntobuck.tumblr.com
Susan's most recent articles and other things are posted at www.susannance.com
Visit the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare: www.uoguelph.ca/ccsaw/
Areas of research for graduate supervision
all of the above
Animal Modernity: Jumbo the Elephant and the Human Dilemma (Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).
editor, The Historical Animal (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2015).
Entertaining Elephants: Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).
* shortlisted for the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize of the Canadian
How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream, 1790-1935 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009).
articles and book chapters
“Who is a Greyhound? Defining Dogs and People on the Track and in the House” in The Sociology of Human-Canid Relations, edited by John Sorenson and Atsuko Matsuoka, forthcoming.
“Who Was Greasy Sal? Outlaw Horses and the Spirit of Calgary in the Automobile Age," special issue: Tourism History in Canada, edited by Jack Little and Ben Bradley Histoire sociale/Social History 49, no. 99 (June 2016): 371-89.
“A Star is Born to Buck: Animal Celebrity and the Marketing of Professional Rodeo” in Sport, Animals and Society, edited by Michelle Gilbert and James Gillett (New York: Routledge, 2013), 173-91.
“Game Stallions and Other 'Horseface Minstrelsies' of the American Turf,” Theatre Journal, Special Issue on Interspecies Performance 65, no. 3 (October 2013): 355-72.
"Jumbo: A Capitalist Creation Story," Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 23 (Winter 2012), 82-93, special issue: Marketing Animals.
“On Wild Animals, Hubris and Redemption: A Review of Water for Elephants, The Elephant in the Living Room, and One Lucky Elephant,” Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies 20, no. 4 (Fall 2012): 401-407.
"Elephants and the American Circus," in The American Circus, edited by Susan Weber, Kenneth Ames and Matthew Wittman (New York: Yale University Press/Bard Graduate Center, 2012), 232-49.
* collection named Choice outstanding academic title,
Theatre and Dance category
“The Ottoman Empire and the American Flag: Patriotic Travel before the Age of Package Tours, 1830-1870,” Journal of Tourism History 1, no. 1 (March 2009): 7-26.
“The Veiled Prophet’s Oriental Tale: St. Louis’ Famous Carnivals in Context, 1878-1895,” Missouri Historical Review 103, no. 2 (January 2009): 90-107.
“Becoming Bodacious: Aufstieg und Fall eines Rodeobullen [Becoming Bodacious: The Rise and Fall of a Rodeo Bull]” in Ich, das Tier, edited by Jessica Ullrich, Friedrich Weltzien und Heike Fuhlbrügge (Berlin: Reimer Verlag, 2008), 235-48.
“A Facilitated Access Model and Ottoman Tourism,” Annals of Tourism Research 34, no. 4 (October 2007): 1056-77.
American Quarterly 54, no. 4 (December 2002): 623-59.
"Mystery of The Moorish Science Temple: Southern Blacks and American Alternative Spirituality in 1920s Chicago," Religion and American Culture 12, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 123-66.
selected curations and comments
"The Privatization of Nature and the Future of Circus Elephants in America," AHA Today Blog, May 31, 2016.
"Animal History: The Final Frontier?" The American Historian (November 2015).
"Fin Lives in My iPhone," In Media Res: a media commons project, April 29, 2015.
"The Troubling Origins of the Circus Elephant Act," JHU Press Blog, March 12, 2015.
"Ape Cam: Zoo Pets and Surveillance Culture," In Media Res: a media commons project, August 21, 2013.
"What is Modernity to Animals and Us?" Performing Humanity, November 12, 2012.
"Go to the Zoo!": Works Progress Administration Posters, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 23 (Winter 2012), 132-35, special issue: Marketing Animals.
"Dumbo: Then and Now," In Media Res: a media commons project, October 8, 2010.
"Islamophobia and Our Love of Shopping," University of North Carolina Press Authors' Blog, September 2, 2010.