Susan brings to the Institute more than 20 years of experience in research writing and editing in public and global health, nutrition, and faith-based responses to poverty, hunger, and disease. She received her BS and MS degrees in nutrition, completing her dietetic internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center and Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. During clinical work in maternal-child health as a nutrition educator at Boston’s South End Community Health Center and Joslin Diabetes Center, she was intrigued by the beliefs and cultural factors that were affecting health choices of those she served, and she pursued further graduate work in religious studies, obtaining an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Brown University. Prior to joining the Institute in 2011, Susan served as consultant writer and editor for Partners In Health, academic writer and editor at the Harvard University FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health, and medical writer for Brigham and Women's Hospital. She also has experience as managing editor of three academic peer-reviewed journals, and was Editor-in-Chief of her undergraduate literary magazine, which received awards during her tenure. She is the author of three academic monographs, two from Oxford University Press, and editor of a collected volume of essays. She writes and speaks as an international scholar on faith-based responses to poverty, with a focus on health issues.
At the Institute, Susan engages in projects that range from curricular development to strategic planning, faculty leadership initiatives, and website news and stories. She is a member of the collaborative university-based team that traveled to India in January 2013 for Harvard’s interfaculty project “Mapping India’s Kumbh Mela,” now developing research to advance interdisciplinary education around the dynamics of urban environments and world health.