SCAD professor Susan Falls

Susan Falls

General education professor


  • 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


"Working with award-winning students from SCAD in many disciplines!"

Awards, recognitions 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

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