Susan is Senior Writer and a staff member of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, bringing 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, with a clinical dietetic internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center and Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. While working as a nutrition educator at Boston’s South End Community Health Center and Joslin Diabetes Center, she observed how patients' health and food choices were typically rooted in beliefs and cultural factors rather than nutrition science; to learn more, she went back to graduate school, obtaining an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Brown University. Prior to joining the Harvard Global Health 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 author of four academic books, three published by Oxford University Press, numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, 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.
In her current position, she engages with writing projects that range from academic publications to curricular development to strategic planning, faculty leadership initiatives, and website news and stories. She was 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,” and served as lead writer on two resulting case studies.