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Susan C. Pearce

Susan C. Pearce

Associate Professor
Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 1997
Office: Brewster A-402
Tel: 252.328.2544
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Dr. Susan Pearce is a sociologist of culture, social movements, human rights, gender, immigration, and race, and bases her research in qualitative methods, including interviews and participant observation. She earned her doctorate in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and has served on the sociology faculties of Gettysburg College, University of Gdańsk and Central European University in Poland, and West Virginia University before joining East Carolina University in 2008.

Dr. Pearce’s research on the needs and activism of immigrant women resulted in the monograph, Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience with co-authors Elizabeth J. Clifford and Reena Tandon, and in journal articles with Natalie J. Sokoloff on intimate partner violence among immigrant women. She continues to teach and conduct research on gender issues at the global level, on the collective memory of the 1989 peaceful revolutions, and most recently has published articles on Turkish sociology as well as gender issues in Turkey.

In 2017, Dr. Pearce co-wrote the book chapter, “Wherefore ‘The Despotism of the Petticoat?’ American Women, Gender, and Constitutional Omissions” for the book Human Rights Of, By, and For the People: How to Critique and Change the US Constitution, edited by Louis Esparza, Keri Iyall Smith, and Judith Blau.

She is second editor of the book, Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City with Nora Fisher-Onar and Fuat Keyman (Rutgers University Press, 2018), and first editor of Cultural Change in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia with Eugenia Sojka (Springer, forthcoming).

Currently, Dr. Pearce is researching the collective memory of African American heritage in Eastern North Carolina with a focus on the town of Princeville. 

Sociology 2110 Introduction to Sociology

Sociology 3000 Special Topics: Global Understanding

Sociology 3400 Gender and Society

Sociology 6900 Special Topics: Gender, Cultures and Social Movements in Global Perspective

Selected papers and publications 

Pearce, Susan C. 2015. "Who Owns a Movement's Memory? The Case of Poland's Solidarity." Book chapter for the anthology, Cultural Memories of Non-Violent Struggle, Hants, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. Edited by Anna Reading and Tamar Katriel.

Pearce, Susan C. 2014. "Producing Culture in Taksim." Book chapter for anthology, Gezi ve Sosyoloji: Nesneyle Yuzlesmek, Nesneyi Kurmak. (Gezi and Sociology: Facing the Object, Constructing the Object). Editedby Vefa Saygin Ogutle and Emrah Goker. Instanbul, Turkey: Ayrinti Yayinlari.

Pearce, Susan C. and Alex Cooper. 2014. "LGBT Movements in Southeast Europe: Violence, Justice, and International Intersections." Book chapter for the Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice. Edited by Dana Peterson and Vanessa R. Panfil. New York: Springer Publishing.

Pearce, Susan C. 2014. "Silence, Screens, and Spectacles after 1989: East Central Europe and the Unfinished Business of Memory Refolutions." Pp. 213-238 in Silence, Screen, and Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information. Edited by Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, and Rachel Daniell. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

Pearce, Susan C. and Natalie J. Sokoloff. 2013. "'This Should Not Be Happening in this Country': Private-Life Violence and Immigration Intersections in a U.S. Gateway City." Sociological Forum 28:4 (forthcoming).

Pearce, Susan C., Elizabeth Clifford and Reena Tandon. 2012. "19 Million and Counting: Unique Issues Facing America's Foreign-born Women in the Home and Workplace." Book chapter for the anthology, Agenda for Social Justice - Volume 3, 2012. Lewinston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Pearce, Susan C., Elizabeth, J. Clifford and Reena Tandon. 2011. Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience. New York: New York University Press.

Pearce, Susan C. and Slawomir Kapralski, ed. 2000. Reformulations: Markets, Policy, and identities in Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Poland IFIS Publishers.

Pearce, Susan C. and Eugenia Sojka, ed. 2000. Mosaics of Change: The First Decade of Life in the New Eastern Europe. Gdansk, Poland: University of Gdansk Press.

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