Susan Searls Giroux, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Cultural Studies
Associate Vice President (Faculty)
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.24672
Office: University Hall 203
Areas of Interest
Critical theory; race/ethnic studies; globalization; cultural studies; radical theories of education; modern and postmodern American literature; the history and politics of the university; equity and inclusion in higher education.
Susan Searls Giroux is Associate Vice-President (Faculty) and Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her administrative role entails, among other responsibilities, oversight of the undergraduate curriculum across McMaster’s six faculties, faculty professional and leadership development with specific attention to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion and community engagement. Her most recent work, Sites of Race: Conversations with David Theo Goldberg came out in fall 2014 with Polity Press. Her book, Between Race and Reason: Violence, Intellectual Responsibility, and the University to Come (Stanford University Press), won the prestigious Gary A. Olson Award for Best Book Published in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies in 2010. She is also the author, with Henry A. Giroux, of Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Palgrave, 2004) and, with Jeffrey T. Nealon, The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). A revised, expanded edition of The Toolbox appeared in August 2011. In addition, she has published over three dozen articles and book chapters on US racial politics, the persistence of racism in the post-civil rights era, the history and politics of the university, and anti-racist pedagogy, which have appeared in Third Text, Social Identities, Patterns of Prejudice, Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, The CLR James Journal, JAC, Works and Days, Cultural Critique, College Literature and Tikkun. She has been Managing Editor of the international and interdisciplinary Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies for nineteen years.
Sites of Race: Conversations with Susan Searls Giroux. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014. Co-authors David Theo Goldberg and Susan Searls Giroux.
Between Race and Reason: Violence, Intellectual Responsibility, and the University to Come. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.
Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Co-author Susan Searls Giroux and Henry A. Giroux
The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003 [2nd edition 2011]. Co-author Jeffrey Nealon and Susan Searls Giroux
Refereed Book Chapters:
“On Seeing and Not Seeing Race: Crash and the Politics of Bad Faith.” Popping Culture. Eds. Murray Pomerance and John Sakeris.Pearson Education, 2010. 159-174. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux
“Corporate Culture Versus Public Education and Democracy: A Call for Critical Pedagogy.” Marxism and Communication Studies: The Point is to Change it. Peter Lang, 2006. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux.
Refereed Journal Articles:
“Universities Gone Wild: Big Money, Big Sports, and Scandalous Abuse at Penn State.” Cultural studies – critical methodologies 12.4 (2012): 267-73. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux.
“From the (New) Gilded Age to the (New) New Deal: DuBois on Race, Education, and the Possibilities of a Reconstructed America.” Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies 10.5 (2010): 397-403.
“Sade’s Revenge: Racial Neoliberalism and the Sovereignty of Negation.” Patterns of prejudice 44.1 (2010): 1-26.
“The Age of Unreason: Race and the Drama of American Anti-Intellectualism.” Jac 29.1-2 (2009): 295-352.
“Beyond Bailouts: On the Politics of Education After Neoliberalism.” Policy Futures in Education 7.1 (2009): 1-4. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux.
“Notes on the Afterlife of Dreams: On the Persistance of Racism in Post-Civil Rights America.” Jac 28.3-4 (2008): 423-42.
“Don’t Worry, we are all Racists! Crash and the Politics of Privatisation.” Third text 21.6 (2007): 745-59. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux
“Challenging Neoliberalism’s New World Order: The Promise of Critical Pedagogy.” Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies 6.1 (2006): 21-32. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux.
“Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era.” British educational research journal 32.1 (2006): 133-45. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., Susan Searls Giroux and Richard Race.
“On the State of Race Theory: A Conversation with David Theo Goldberg.” Jac 26.1-2 (2006): 11-66.
“Playing in the Dark: Racial Repression and the New Campus Crusade for Diversity.” College Literature 33.4 (2006): 93-112.
“The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.” Sociology 39.3 (2005): 535-42. Co-authors: Susan Searls Giroux, Tim May, and Jeffrey Nealon.
“From the “Culture Wars” to the Conservative Campaign for Campus Diversity: Or, how Inclusion Became the New Exclusion.” Policy Futures in Education 3.4 (2005): 314-26.
“Reconstructing the Future: Du Bois, Racial Pedagogy and the Post-Civil Rights Era.” Social Identities 9.4 (2003): 563-98.
“The Post-9/11 University and the Project of Democracy.” Jac 22.1 (2002): 57-91.
“Race, Rhetoric, and the Contest Over Civic Education.” Jac: A Journal of Composition Theory 20.2 (2000): 311-48.
“Making the Political More Pedagogical: Reading Homi Bhabha.” Jac: A Journal of Composition Theory 19.1 (1999): 139-48. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux
“Race Talk and the Bell Curve Debate: The Crisis of Democratic Vision.” Cultural Critique 34.0 (1996): 5-26. Co-authors: Giroux, Henry A., and Susan Searls Giroux.