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Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Susan Dunston

Susan Dunston

Fitch 212

Appointment. Office hours posted each semester, or call/email for appointment



Research interests and areas of expertise

• 19th century American literature
• American Transcendentalism
• Native American literature
• Literature and philosophy



PhD  English, University of New Mexico, NM, 1994
Specialization: 19th Century American literature and literary theory
Dissertation: “The Romance of Desire: Emerson’s Commitment to Incompletion”

MA  English, University of New Mexico, NM, 1990

MA  Library Science, George Peabody College, Nashville, TN, 1977

BA  English and Philosophy, University of New Mexico, NM, 1975


Selected publications

Books and chapters in books

(forthcoming)  Storytelling Science. In Companions to Native American Literatures Series: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller, Catherine Rainwater (Ed.), University of Nebraska Press.

2013  Ethics. In Emerson in Context, Wesley T. Mott (Ed.), Cambridge University Press. 171-179.

2011  Writing with Authority: A Student’s Guide, New Mexico Tech Press.

2010  East of Emerson. In Emerson for the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on an American Icon, Barry Tharaud (Ed.), University of Delaware Press. 107-130.

1997  The Romance of Desire: Emerson’s Commitment to Incompletion, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.


2012  In the ‘Light Out of the East’: Emerson on Self, Subjectivity, and Creativity. Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 26(1): 25-42.

2010  Philosophy and Loss. Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 24(2): 158-170.

2010  Physics and Metaphysics in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony. Arizona Quarterly, 66(4): 135-162.

2006  The Italian Alembic: Emerson in the Cathedral, 1833. ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 52(3): 193-225.

2005  Emerson and Audre Lorde on Loss. The American Transcendental Quarterly: A Journal of 19th Century Literature and Culture, 19(1): 5-22.

2004  Lost and Found in the Americas. The Journal of American Culture, 27(2): 133-146. (Winner of the 2004 Carl Bode Best Journal Article Award from the American Culture Association).

2003  Building Women’s Community in a Science and Engineering University: The History of the New Mexico Tech Women’s Resource Center. Soziale Technik. Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work, and Culture. Graz, Austria: 12-14.

2002  Engineering Women’s Community. Proceedings of the 12 of Women Engineers and Scientists. Ottawa, Ontario.

2002  Students’ Epistemologies in Science and Engineering: Paths to Responsibility and Connection. Co-authored with Doug Dunston. Proceedings of the 12 International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists. Ottawa, Ontario.


Courses taught

ENGL/PHIL 440  Philosophical Novels
ENGL/PHIL 323  American Nature Writing
ENGL 321  American Literature
ENGL 120  Introduction to Literature
ENGL 112  College Writing
ENGL 111  College Writing
PHIL 451  American Philosophy
PHIL 352  Asian Philosophy
PHIL 351  World Religions
PHIL 321  Professional Ethics
PHIL 231  Western Philosophy
PHIL 120  Freshman Seminar in Philosophy
Special topics courses in literature and philosophy


Other activities at NMT

2011-to date  Co-founder and Director, NMT Women’s Resource Center
Fall 2002-Spring 2003, Fall 2001, 1998-2000  Director, New Mexico Tech Writing Center
1998-2000  Director, New Mexico Tech Freshman Composition Program


Awards received

2013  NM Tech Goddess Award
2004  Carl Bode Best Journal Article Award; American Culture Association


Sponsored projects

July 2010-July 2011  NM-PAID Alliance for Faculty Diversity; National Science Foundation

Department Chair
Dr. Steve Simpson

Department Secretary
Liza Apache
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Fitch Hall
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Phone: 575-835-5445     Fax: 575-835-5544