Dr. Susan Dauria
Ph.D. State University of New York at Albany
M.A. State University of New York at Albany
B.A. State University of New York at Geneseo
Economic anthropology and the effects of deindustrialization on the construction of ethnic identity; Industrial and Organizational Culture, Child Socialization; Dance.
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What interested you in Anthropology?
"I learned about anthropology for the first time as a freshman in
college. My professor in introduction to anthropology encouraged me
to write about my experience with the U.S. Army from a cultural
perspective. Over the next four years I searched for a major and
continued taking anthropology courses. I finally decided to take
anthropology as a second major because I enjoyed the courses so much.
At that time I didn't expect to have a career as an anthropologist.
After graduation, I got a job in New York City as an international
licensing coordinator for United Features Syndicate, Inc. My career
as an anthropologist was born during a business trip to Thailand,
where I spent a week at meetings in the Bangkok Hilton Hotel. After
that week, I broke out of the corporate world of the Hilton and spent
time backpacking around the countryside. It was that trip that put my
life in focus: I decided that I didn't want to work in business, but
I wanted to experience life and stay in touch with the unique culture
of regular people.
Once I returned from that trip I submitted applications to graduate
school. Three months later I was at the State University of New York
at Albany where I spent the next five years. I originally thought I
would become an archaeologist and began working in a mortuary
archeology lab on skeletal samples from Michigan. I later decided
that cultural anthropology was more to my liking since it allowed me
to interact with living people. I ultimately wrote my dissertation on
the effects of deindustrialization on ethnic identity in a post-
industrial community in upstate New York. Today, I still work in that
community, as well as in northeastern Pennsylvania."