Susan Perschbacher, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Director of W.I.S.E. Senior Education

508-767-7513 La Maison Francaise Salon - Room 203B

Degrees Earned

B.A., Denison University, 1968
M.A., University of Chicago; Sociology, 1971
Ph.D. University of Chicago; Sociology, 1981
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “Journey of Faith: The Conversion and Reconversions of Isaac Hecker”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Aging in Society
Women and Aging
Social Problems
Literature of Social Responsibility

Publications & Editorships

Melia, Susan Perschbacher. “Generativity in the Lives of Elder Catholic Women Religious.” Advances in Life Courses Research: Self and Identity Across the Life Course in Cross Cultural Perspective, 1999.

Melia, Susan Perschbacher. “Continuity in the Lives of Elder Catholic Women Religious.” International Journal of Aging and Human Development 43: 2 (1999):173-187.

Presentations

“Prayer Stories in Spiritual Reminiscences of Elder Religious Women.” Reminiscence and Life Review Conference, New York, NY, 1999 

“Variety of Prayers among Older Women.” 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging, Orlando, FL, 1999. 

“Positive Disengagement in Late Life: Prayer and Solitude.” 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging, San Francisco, CA, 1998.