Dr. Susan Harper (she/her/hers) joined the Student Affairs Team at UNT Dallas in February 2019, making the jump to Student Affairs after more than a decade as an instructor throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A native of Yankton, South Dakota, she moved to Texas in 1993 to pursue her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas in Denton. She received her BA in English and Anthropology from UNT in 1997. She then completed an MA (2002) and PhD (2005) in Cultural Anthropology at Southern Methodist University, where her research focused on the intersections of gender, sexual orientation, and religious identity among NeoPagans in Texas. After serving as adjunct faculty in anthropology at SMU and Mountain View College, and visiting faculty in anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, she decided to further her education with an MA in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies (2017) at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Susan, as she is known, has taught courses in anthropology, sociology, gender studies, women’s studies, sexuality studies, and LGBTQ studies throughout the DFW area, including at UNT, TWU, El Centro, Northlake, and Richland. She also served as Graduate Reader at TWU before joining UNT Dallas.
At UNT Dallas, Dr. Susan serves as Student Services Associate – Activities, designing and facilitating multicultural programming, student activities, and educational and social events.
She is a passionate educator, advocate, and activist for diversity, inclusion, and affirmation of all people. She is a frequent content area expert and guest speaker throughout the Metroplex and beyond on issues including religious diversity, LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace, workplace diversity, culturally competent care of LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual and domestic violence, mindfulness and spirituality, creating LGBTQ+ affirming spiritual and educational spaces, and women’s empowerment. She is dedicated to creating “brave spaces” for people to cultivate their most authentic selves and work together towards justice.
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