Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Susan D. Blum is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Blum's research investigates the following questions: What does the world look and feel like to people, and what are the factors that shaped those views? In pursuit of this question, Blum has looked at the assumptions people in a variety of settings—especially China and the United States—make about how the world is and how it should be, and how they evaluate other people’s behavior.
Blum's recent work (“I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College, Cornell U Press) compares formal education and learning outside schools as they participate in the creation of self, well-being, and meaning.
Cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, ethnicity and nationalism, multilingualism, deception and truth, childhood and education, plagiarism, food and culture, and social theory.
- Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Fellowship, “Wellbeing, Suffering, and Schooling” (Fall 2017)
- University of Notre Dame Faculty Research Program Initiation Grant, “Assessing Authentic Nonformal Learning in Project-, Problem-, and Place-Based Internships,” Principal Investigator (2017–18)
- National Science Foundation, “The Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem: Reconceptualizing STEM Innovation, Teaching, and Learning,” Senior Co-Investigator (2016–18)
- William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families, University of Notre Dame, Faculty Affiliate (2016–present)
- Journal of Academic Integrity Editorial Board (2015–present)
- American Educational Research Journal Editorial Board (2015–present)
Blum comments on "Can better tech make video meetings less excruciating?"
Jul 27, 2021
Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Susan Blum weighs in on the difficulties of having a natural conversation on Zoom in a new BBC article, "Can better tech make video meetings less excruciating?"
The Wall Street Journal: Blum Comments on the Advantages of a Phone Call Over Zoom
Nov 27, 2020
Faculty Fellow Susan Blum (anthropology) has been quoted in a Wall Street Journal article titled, “The Resurrection of the Office Phone Call.”
Blum Co-Authors Op-Ed about Online Learning During the Pandemic
May 6, 2020
Faculty Fellow Susan Bloom (anthropology), a member of the TPHE collective which is a group of six faculty from various colleges, has co-authored an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed titled, “The Pandemic Brings Home the Need to Focus on Humane and Meaningful Student Learning Experiences.”