Lecturer, Environmental Studies - School of Arts & Sciences
“I grew up in a theatre family. My dad was a director and taught acting for over 40 years. My brother builds and designs sets for the theatre, one of my sisters is a choreographer/director, another sister is an actress, and on and on. I also grew up camping, hiking and canoeing. I’d say half my time was spent in theatres and half outdoors in nature. I put these two parts of my life together. In college, I majored in theatre and environmental history. Then I worked as a National Park Service Ranger in museums and historic sites.
What this comes down to is that when I see a natural place, I see it both as a non-human landscape and at the same time as a theatre set, a setting where a human story must have happened. The first question that comes to my mind after the sheer delight of the place is, ‘What did people experience here? What is the story of this place?‘
If you want to tell me about science, tell me a story about the people who did the science or the people that lived in the place where science is or was being done. Then talk to me about science. That really speaks to me.”
Suzanne is a faculty member in Environmental Studies. Her interests include the history, culture and technology of American agriculture, environmental modernism, the public perception of energy technologies during this era of a changing climate and environmental writing.