Dr. Susan C. Pearce is a sociologist who is currently on the faculty of the Department of Sociology, East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. Her research concerns the relationships between culture and politics, with a focus on marginalized groups. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York; her dissertation consisted of a participant observation of the movement to protect the colonial-era New York African Burial Ground.
Susan has conducted research on the collective memory of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, of the 1989 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe, and on immigration and gender in the United States. Her publications include the book Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience (NYU Press, 2011) with co-authors Elizabeth J. Clifford and Reena Tandon; and two co-edited anthologies,Reformulations: Markets, Policy, and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe (Warsaw, Poland: IFIS Publishers, 2000) and Mosaics of Change: The First Decade of Life in the New Eastern Europe (Gdańsk, Poland: University of Gdańsk Press 2000). Her article, “Delete, Restart, or Rewind? Public Memory and the Meanings of 1989 in Post-Socialist Central Europe” was published in Sociology Compass: Culture in 2011, and her article “Inventing a Sociological Tradition: Mapping Turkish Sociology along an East-West Gaze” is due out soon in the journal The American Sociologist. She has also published policy reports with the Immigration Policy Center and brings a background in nonprofit program management and activism.
Susan has been on the faculties of sociology at Gettysburg College, University ofGdańsk, Poland, Central European University, and West Virginia University. For the past seven years, she has taught a summer school course on social movements in Istanbul, Turkey for the Open Society Foundations Scholarship Program. She is a TitleVIII East European Studiesfellow with the European Studies Program at the Wilson Center, and will be here until August 15.While at the Center, Susan will be researching migration to the United States from Eastern Europe since 1989 and gender-based violence, using both print sources and interviews.