Susanna Donaldson

Susanna Donaldson
Curriculum Vitae: 

Susie is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology.  She received her MA in cultural anthropology at the University of Iowa and her BA in Anthropology at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.  Susie’s research is focuses on burley tobacco farming and farm work in a rural community in the Appalachian region of Northeast Tennessee.  Her research considers the ways in which rural residents, particularly farmers and seasonal farmworkers, negotiate the materiality and cultural meaning of burley tobacco work.  Susie is interested in the changing structure of labor arrangements between farmer and farmworker and how these changes have influenced rural identities and local beliefs about farm work.  Her research intersects with anthropological work on migration, gender identity, agricultural work, and neoliberal economic policy.

Generally, Susie is interested in the anthropological study of farming in the United States, agricultural work, cultural ecology and political economy frameworks, informal economies, ideas about gender, identity and in rural communities.  Susie’s anthropological hobbies include the study of race and inequality and histories of anthropology and the social sciences.

 “From Neighbors to Migrants: The Shifting Organization of Agricultural Labor in East Tennessee.”  Anthropology of Work Review 32(1):9-20.