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Susan McDonic Asst Professor Sociology

PhD, Duke University

Student Organizations
Students for a Free Tibet
Alternative Break, Tibetan Diaspora
Leadership Position Currently Held
Academic Advisor
Susan McDonic's research interests include contemporary religious movements, international development, Africa, Asia and globalization. Specifically she has studied one of the world’s largest development organizations: World Vision, a faith based organization. This multi-sited work spans Canada and Ghana, West Africa and considers the connections and complications between them.

Her current research expands upon her interests in development and religion and explores the complications of engaged Buddhism. She is particularly interested in the ways in which Buddhist philosophy might frame new paradigms of development intervention. Her interests take her to Northern India to work with, and advocate for, the Tibetan diaspora.


Summer 2021

  • SOCY-210 Power, Privilege & Inequality

  • SOCY-452 Popular Culture

Fall 2021

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Art, Activism & Social Change

  • CORE-107 Complex Problems Seminar: Art, Activism & Social Change

  • SOCY-210 Power, Privilege & Inequality

Spring 2022

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Art, Activism & Social Change

  • SOCY-215 Critical Social Thought

  • SOCY-350 Social Prob in Changing World