Suzanne Scheld

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Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-4935
Office location:
Sierra Hall, Room 240E



  • Ph.D., 2004 Cultural Anthropology, CUNY, The Graduate Center, NY
  • M.A., 1993 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teacher’s College, NY
  • B.A., 1987 American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Courses Taught

  • Feminist Anthropology (ANTH 496 FE)
  • Human Culture and Behavior (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) (ANTH 152)
  • Interrogating Globalization (ANTH 486)
  • Peoples of Africa (The Anthropology of Africa) (ANTH 338)
  • Urban Anthropology (ANTH 346)
  • Women, Sex Roles and Culture (The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality) (ANTH 308)

Selected Publications and Presentations

(in review) Teranga and Racialized Social Relations in the Street Economy in Dakar's Chinatown, Senegal. Street Economies: Politics and Social Movements in the Urban Global South (School of Advanced Research)

2009 “Letter Writing and Learning in Anthropology.” The Journal of Effective Teaching. Volume 9 (3): 59-69.

2007 “Youth Cosmopolitanism: Clothing, the City and Globalization in Dakar, Senegal.” City and Society. 19 (2): 232-253

2005 Urban Parks: Lessons on Cultural Diversity with Setha M. Low and Dana Taplin. Texas: Texas University Press.

2003 "The City in a Shoe: Redefining Urban Africa through Sebago Footwear Consumption." City and Society 15 (1): 109-130

Research and Interests

5 keywords that describe your topical areas of specialization: urban, globalization, informal economy, fashion, feminism

Geographic areas of specialization: Africa, urban U.S.

Current projects: I am currently writing about the role of fashion in sustaining a city’s global reputation.