Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In Memoriam: Sociology Professor Susan Mann

Susan MannUniversity of New Orleans sociology professor Susan Archer Mann passed away on April 8 in Mandeville, La. after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 65 years old.

Mann spent more than three decades as a faculty member at UNO, including six years as chair of the sociology department. She was a founder of the UNO Women’s Center as well as the women’s studies program, and she served as its director for many years. She published extensively in the area of feminist theory and was the author of “Doing Feminist Theory,” published by Oxford University Press. Her early publications focused on social change and rural development.

“Susan was a beloved colleague and a truly great person to work with,” said fellow sociology professor Vern Baxter. “Known as a superior classroom teacher, Dr. Mann received the campus-wide Seraphia Leyda teaching award as well as the teaching award bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts.”

According to Baxter, Mann once wrote, “It was a privilege to have spent my adult life doing work that I love.”

Mann grew up in Salisbury, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her master’s degree from American University and her doctorate from the University of Toronto. She is survived by her husband, Michael D. Grimes, her son, Joshua Sartisky, and her stepson, Michael H. Grimes.

A memorial service will be held in Maryland. She asked that donations be made in her name to the UNO Earl K. Long Library and the American Cancer Society.