Dr. Susan Shaw
Dr. Susan Shaw is a professor of Women Studies and the Transitional Director of The School of Language, Culture, and Society. She came to OSU in 1996, having taught religion for eight years and served one year as the director of an HIV respite care program. She has a bachelors degree in English from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, her hometown, a masters and Ph.D. in religious education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and an MAIS in Women Studies and English from OSU.
Susan's first inkling of the need for feminism came when she enrolled in first grade in 1966 and was told she could not play football because she was a girl. By the early 1970's, as she listened to Helen Reddy's "I am Woman" playing on the school bus radio, her little fist was raised in sisterhood and solidarity. When Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes, the budding feminist knew something of more import than a tennis match had occurred. Susan's feminist leanings were solidified in seminary when male students suggested women couldn't be ordained ministers. Susan discovered Women Studies in her sixth year of teaching religion in private liberal arts colleges and soon thereafter found a new home and better fit in OSU's Women Studies Program.
She teaches Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives, Feminist Teaching & Learning, and Feminist Theology & Spirituality.She has also taught variety of courses on pop culture topics such as the movies, humor, sports, and football.
Her research interests include religion, rock 'n' roll, and HIV/AIDS. She co-authored Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music with Mina Carson and Tisa Lewis, and in 2008 she published, God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home and Society. She is co-author and co-editor with Janet Lee of Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings and Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Women.
She loves to travel and spent Winter 2004 in London teaching British Women Mystery Writers and Women & Religion in the U.K. with the Northwest Council on Study Abroad. She also traveled to Botswana and Lesotho as part of an HIV prevention project developed by colleagues in the Department of Public Health.
Her hobbies are playing racquetball, hiking, gardening, reading murder mysteries, and watching Law & Order, CSI, and all of the other crime dramas. She also loves soaking in her hot tub.