Susan Blum


E284 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Professor of Anthropology

  • Cultural, linguistic, and psychological anthropology
  • Deception and truth
  • Multilingualism
  • Person and self
  • Ethnicity, nationalism and identity
  • Childhood and higher education
  • Morality
  • Well-being
  • Justice
  • Sustainability and food
  • Anthropological theory
  • China and Asia, the U.S.
  • Cross-cultural comparison

Blum in the News

So, you want to take the grades out of teaching? A beginner’s guide to ungrading

Susan D. Blum is a professor of anthropology and a fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Can better tech make video meetings less excruciating?

But as Susan D Blum's linguistic anthropology class found out, it makes having a natural conversation practically impossible.

The Controversial but Useful Practice of ‘Ungrading’ in Teaching Writing

“I like to phrase it as ‘the central work of faculty is facilitating learning,’” says Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and editor of Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead).

The Resurrection of the Office Phone Call

Susan Blum, a professor who specializes in linguistic anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, says Zoom fatigue was inevitable given how unnatural conversational patterns can get there: “Video calls do not allow any conversational overlap. You can’t say ‘mmm-hmm’ to assent because that would interrupt and put you on screen as the main speaker.”