Our Mission

The School of Language, Culture, & Society is a thriving hub featuring Anthropology, Asian Languages, College Student Services Administration, Ethnic Studies, Food in Culture & Social Justice, French, German, Global Learning Certificate, Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Spanish, Queer Studies, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies!

We are diverse programs at the undergraduate and graduate level that share commitments to:

  • anti-racism
  • justice, equity, and inclusion
  • global & intercultural experiences
  • applied, experiential, & immersive learning
  • community-centered research
  • collaborations with local, regional, international, Indigenous communities and organizations
  • transformative approaches to our most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges

About The Director

A specialist in Indigenous literary and visual studies as well as gender & the US West, Susan Bernardin has published widely on foundational and contemporary Native authors as well as Indigenous mixed-media, visual arts, and comics. A co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940 (Rutgers University Press), she also facilitated a new edition of In the Land of the Grasshopper Song (Bison Books) in collaboration with Terry Supahan and André Cramblit. A former president of the Western Literature Association, she is a two-time recipient of its Walker Award for best published essay in the field of Western American Studies and is the 2023 recipient of its Delbert & Edith Wylder Award for Exceptional Service. She was also the 2016 recipient of the Beatrice Medicine Award, given by the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures for her article, “Acorn Soup is Good Food: L. Frank, News from Native California, and the Intersections of Literature and Visual Arts,” published in Studies in American Indian Literatures. She is also editor of the Routledge Companion to Gender and the American West (Routledge, 2022)