SCAD professor Susan Falls

Susan Falls

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Awards, recognition and honors

SCAD Presidential Fellowship, 2010; SCAD Faculty Conference Travel Grant, 2007-10; Temple Faculty Initiative Research Grant, 2007; J. Walter Thompson Archive Research Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, N.C., 2003; CUNY Graduate Center Instructional Technology Fellowship, 2003-05; CUNY Graduate Center Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship, 2001-03


American Anthropological Association, Society for Anthropology of North America, Design History Society, Society for Visual Anthropology, Society for Economic Anthropology, Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology

Previous Positions

Adjunct professor, City University of New York

Publications and presentations

  • Film review of “The Act of Killing.” Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, 115 and 159 minutes. Color. Distributed by Drafthouse Films. Visual Anthropology Review, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2015): 111-112.
  • “Clarity, Cut, and Culture: The Many Meanings of Diamonds,” published by NYU Press, 2014
  • Interviewed by JCK Magazine, a trade magazine of the jewelry industry,  for its “Diamond Dialogues” series
  • Awarded the Wenner-Gren Hunt Fellowship to complete her book "White Gold," under contract with University of Nebraska Press
  • "American Dreams: Teaching Class in the United States. In D. Chapman (Ed.), Teaching Social Theory: Crossing Borders, Reflecting Back," Peter Lang, 2010
  • AAA/SANA Program co-chair, American Anthropological Association, 2010
  • The Aesthetic Economy, American Anthropological Association, 2010
  • Open for Business: Hand rendered signs in Savannah, Society for Visual Anthropology Research Conference, 2010
  • The Role of Ethnography in Art and Design (co-written with J. Smith), SECAC Annual Conference, 2010
  • Aesthetic Value of Ikat Textiles, American Anthropological Association, 2009
  • Aesthetic Theory and National Identity in Transnational Goods, Design History Conference, 2009
  • Hand-Painted Signs: Race, Class and African-American Vernacular, LIVE-ART SCAD Annual Art History Public Lecture Series
  • Good Hands: Silk Weaving and Transnational Artisan Partnerships in Cambodia, Society for Economic Anthropology, 2009
  • The Meaning of Signs: Outsider Art vs. Gentrification, American Anthropological Association, 2008
  • Whiteness: Race & Class at the Derby, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2008
  • "Diamond Signs: Generic Stones and Particular Gems," Social Semiotics, 449-465, 2008