Faculty and Staff

Susan Harewood

Associate Professor

B.A. History and English, University of the West Indies
M.A. Mass Communication, Howard University
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign 

Office: UW2-208
Phone: 425-352-3602
Email: harews@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358511, 11136 NE 180th Street, Bothell, WA 98011-1713


I believe that the best education occurs when students are actively involved in the processes of learning.  Thus I endeavor to make my courses ones in which students can become actively responsible for their pursuit of knowledge and understanding.  I see the engagements in the classroom as opportunities for both students and faculty to reflect upon the ways in which societies are interrelated and interdependent.  For this reason I tailor assignments and readings to provide students with creative resources that would permit them to consider their positions within the multiple communities to which they belong. One of the key skills students should derive from education is the ability to express their ideas clearly and thus I stress excellence in written and oral communication.


My research focuses on the intersections of media, popular music, and power. I am especially interested in the roles that Caribbean media play in facilitating and/or impeding community formation. I have an abiding interest in the questions of justice and representation and in media and popular culture as sites at which the pursuit of justice is contested, constrained, and shaped.

Selected Publications

"Policy and Performance in the Caribbean." (2008). Popular Music. 27 (2) pp. 209-223.

"Glocality at the Bus Terminal: Space and the Enactment of Transnational Citizenships." (2008). Social Identities 14 (4) pp. 465-472.

"Manning the Borders: Blackness, Nationalisms and Popular Culture." In Catherine Teasley & Cameron McCarthy (Eds.) Redirecting Cultural Studies: Transnational Perspectives on Popular Culture and Public Policy in Neoliberal Times.

 "Masquerade as Methodology... or Why Cultural Studies Should Return to the Caribbean" Policy Futures in Education. (2007). In C. McCarthy, A. Durham, L. Engel, A. A. Filmer, M. D. Giardina, J. Logue, M. Malagreca (Eds.), Globalizing Cultural Studies:  Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, & Policy. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group. pp 61-78.

 "Transnational Soca Performances and Gendered Re-narrations of Caribbean Nationalisms." (2006). Social and Economic Studies, 55 (1 & 2) pp. 25-48.

 "Masquerade Performance and the Play of Sexual Identity in Calypso." (2005). Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies 5 (2) pp. 189-205.