Suzanne Schmidt

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Professional Overview: 

Suzanne Schmidt is a Visiting Professor in Justice, Community & Leadership. At SMC, she has taught classes in Communication, Women's and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies as well as the Jan Term class, Craft as a Pedagogy of Hope. She has facilitated writing circles in the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum. Schmidt received her Masters and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Washington where she taught literature, composition, interdisciplinary writing and Ethnic Studies. Her research examines contemporary do-it-yourself crafting narratives and the role of crafting labors in domestic fiction and multi-ethnic American literature. 

Suzanne was the Education Director for the Social Justice Sewing Academy from 2017 - 2021, was a 2016-17 Citizenship fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a 2019-2020 Research Justice at the Intersections Fellow at Mills College. 


Recent publications: 

Suzanne C. Schmidt (2020) Precarious craft: a feminist commodity chain analysis, Migration and Development, 9:1, 74-91, DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2018.1489363

Schmidt, S. (2019). Craft as a pedagogy of hopeCrafting dissent: Handicraft as protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats, 291-308.


Recent collaborations with the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art:

December 1, 2021 Art Chat: "Renarrating a Master: Craft Reflections on Keith + Kari" 

Community Engagement collaborations such as, "Art Through Our Eyes," a project created by students in JCL 150: Advanced Leadership Theory in collaboration with Britt Royer at the SMC MoA.


You may view additional publications and presentations on Google Scholar 

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