Academics - Faculty Profiles

Susan C. Seymour, PhD
Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Susan Seymour

    With Pitzer Since: 1974
    Field Group:
    Anthropology
    Campus Address: Broad Hall 127
    Phone: 909.607.2645
    Email: susan_seymour@pitzer.edu

    Education:
    Ph.D., Harvard University
    B.A., Stanford University


Research Interests

Biography of Cora Du Bois:  anthropologist, World War II intelligence officer, and Harvard Professor.
Changing childcare practices, family and gender systems in India.
Multiple childcare and critiques of attachment theory.

Select Publications

“Environmental Change, Family Adaptations, and Child Development: Longitudinal Research in India,” Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology Vol.41, No. 4 (2010).

“Commentary: Who, How What, and Why?” in special issue, “Mothering as Everyday Practice,” Ethos Vol. 39, No.4 (2010 ).

“Resistance,” in special issue, “The Missing Psychology in Cultural Anthropology,” Anthropological Theory Vol. 6, No. 3 (2006).

“Multiple Caretaking of Infants and Young Children:  An Area in Critical Need of a Feminist Psychological Anthropology,” Ethos Vol.32, No. 4 (2004).

“Introduction,” to the special issue, “Contributions to a Feminist Psychological Anthropology,” Ethos No. 32, No.4 (2004).

Women, Family, and Child Care in India:  A World in Transition.  New York: Cambridge University Press (1999).

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

“Culture, Gender, and Development,” invited lecture, Department of Anthropology, UCLA, February 2011.

“Multiple Childcare and Attachment,” paper prepared for the Lemelson Conference, Rethinking Attachment and Separation Theory in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Spokane, WA, May 2011.

“Multiple Childcare and Attachment:  Two Case Studies,” paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Canada, November 2011. 

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

The 2005 Stirling Prize, awarded by the Society for Psychological Anthropology for the best published work in psychological anthropology in 2003-04, for the paper, “Multiple Caretaking of Infants and Young Children:  An Area in Critical Need of a Feminist Psychological Anthropology.”

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae