Susan Bussey

Dr. Susan Bussey

Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Susan Bussey teaches composition and various courses in American literature. She has special interest in works of the nineteenth century and African-American literature, and considers it her personal duty to make students realize they really do like poetry. Bussey taught previously at Wake Forest University and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. In 2008, she served as director of the Memory Bridge Project, a service-learning program that paired high-schoolers with people living with Alzheimer's and related dementias in Chicago. Work with Memory Bridge has inspired her current research on socially determined cognitive standards and the way they are defined in the literature of human consciousness.


  • Doctorate – American literature – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Master's – literature – Washington University
  • Bachelor's – English/international studies – Austin College