Susan Chase, PhD
Susan Chase’s research focuses on developments in narrative inquiry, a type of qualitative research that explores the narrative character of social life—the stories people tell to make sense of their lives, the stories organizations tell to explain what they are doing, and the stories institutions generate to legitimate everyday practices. Her book, Learning to Speak, Learning to Listen: How Diversity Works on Campus, uses the methods of narrative inquiry to explore undergraduates' engagement with diversity issues on one particular campus (not TU). Based on interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as content analyses of the student newspaper and student government minutes, she shows how some students at predominantly white City University (a pseudonym) have learned to speak and listen to each other across social differences, especially race. She argues 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.
Understanding narratives in various institutional contexts, such as higher education
Susan E. Chase, Learning to Speak, Learning to Listen: How Diversity Works on Campus. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010.
Susan E. Chase and Mary F. Rogers. Mothers and Children: Feminist Analyses and Personal Narratives. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
Susan E. Chase. Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995.
Susan E. Chase and Colleen S. Bell. “Ideology, Discourse, and Gender: How Gatekeepers Talk About Women School Superintendents.” Social Problems, vol. 37, no. 2, 1990: 163-177.
LindstromL., ChaseS., and StrombergP. Symposium Report: Ideology and the Turn to Practice. Vol. 16, The Humanist Sociologist, 1991, pp. 3–12.
Susan E. Chase. “Narrative Inquiry: Toward Theoretical and Methodological Maturity.” InThe Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 5th ed, Sage, 2018, pp. 546–560.
Susan E. Chase. “Narrative Inquiry: Still a Field in the Making.” InThe Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research , 4th ed, Sage, 2011, pp. 421-434.
Susan E. Chase. “Narrative Inquiry: Multiple Lenses, Approaches, Voices.” Reprint. In Qualitative Research in Education. Routledge, 2010, pp. 208-236.
Susan E. Chase. “Narrative Inquiry: Multiple Lenses, Approaches, Voices.” In The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3rd ed, Sage, 2005, pp. 651-680.
Susan E. Chase. “Learning to Listen: Narrative Principles in a Qualitative Research Methods Course.” In Up Close and Personal: The Teaching and Learning of Narrative Research. American Psychological Association, 2003, pp. 79-100.
Susan E. Chase. “Taking Narrative Seriously: Consequences for Method and Theory in Interview Studies.” Reprint. In Turning Points in Qualitative Research, AltaMira Press, 2003, pp. 273-296.
Susan E. Chase. “Universities as Discursive Environments for Sexual Identity Construction.” In Institutional Selves: Troubled Identities in a Postmodern World. Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 142-157.
Susan E. Chase. “Personal Vulnerability and Interpretive Authority in Narrative Research.” In Ethics and Process in the Narrative Study of Lives, vol. 4, Sage, 1996, pp. 45-59.
Susan E. Chase. “Taking Narrative Seriously: Consequences for Method and Theory in Interview Studies.” In Interpreting Experience: The Narrative Study of Lives, vol. 3, Sage, 1995, pp. 1-26.
- The Liberal Arts and Real Life
- Inequality in American Society
- Senior Seminar
- Qualitative Methods of Sociological Research
Awards & Honors
- Outstanding Teacher Award
- University Outstanding Teacher Award
- Outstanding Contributions to Multiculturalism
- Excellence in Teaching Award