Susan E. Chase

Susan Chase

Sociology Department ChairProfessor of Sociology Chapman Hall 221

My latest book,Learning to Speak, Learning to Listen,  is a case study of undergraduates’ engagement with diversity issues on one particular campus (not TU). Based on qualitative interviews with a wide range of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as content analysis of the student newspaper and student government minutes, I show how some students at predominantly white City University (a pseudonym) have learned to speak and listen to each other across social differences, especially race. This is a study of “doing diversity” right on campus. I argue that learning to speak and listen in this way exemplifies the educational process itself—opening one’s mind, thinking critically, and re-considering taken-for-granted ideas.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B.A. Sociology, Dickinson College
  • M.A. Sociology, York University, Toronto
  • Ph.D. Sociology, York University, Toronto

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Narrative Inquiry 
  • Social Inequalities

Professional Affiliations

  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Sociologists for Women in Society

Courses Taught at TU

  • Inequality in American Society (SOC 2133)
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations (SOC 3023)
  • Socialization (SOC 3053)
  • Sociology of Education (SOC 3063)
  • Sociology of Family (SOC 3123)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Soc 4123)

Awards & Recognition

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Arts & Sciences, The University of Tulsa
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tulsa


  • Learning to Speak
    Susan E. Chase. Learning to Speak, Learning to Listen: How Diversity Works on Campus. Cornell University Press, 2010.
  • Mothers and Children
    Susan E. Chase and Mary F. Rogers. Mothers and Children: Feminist Analyses and Personal Narratives Rutgers University Press, 2001
  • Ambiguous Empowerment
    Susan E. Chase. Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents University of Massachusetts Press, 1995