Susan  Weinstein 
Associate Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): Pennsylvania State University
Master's Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD: University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: (225) 578-7880
Office: Allen 43A


Sue Weinstein has been at LSU since 2004, when she completed her doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to graduate school, Sue taught literature and writing at Latino Youth Alternative High School in Chicago. Her first teaching experiences were in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she taught high school English and one year of fourth grade at Cochabamba Cooperative School. Now, Sue teaches undergraduate teacher candidates in the Geaux Teach English program and mentors graduate students in Rhetoric, Writing & Culture. Her research focuses on the processes and practices of teen poets and other writers. Her book, Feel These Words: Writing in the Lives of Urban Youth, was published by SUNY Press in 2009; she is currently working on a book about youth spoken word poetry based on six years of national and international research.

Area of Interest

English Education, literacy studies, ethnographic methodology, African American history and culture, hip-hop studies

Awards & Honors

Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award, LSU, 2011.
Excellence in Service Award, WordPlay Teen Writing Project, Baton Rouge, LA, 2011.

Regents Research Grant, LSU Department of English ($6,000), 2010.

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, LSU English Graduate Student Association, 2007.
Manship Summer Research Fellowship, LSU College of Arts and Sciences ($5,000), 2007.
LSU Arts and Sciences Research Leave for Non-tenured Faculty, 2007.

LSU Faculty Research Grant ($10,000), 2006.

LSU Council on Research Summer Stipend ($5,000), 2005.

Robert Corley Memorial Scholarship, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003.
Rue Bucher Memorial Scholarship, Interdepartmental award for qualitative research, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003.
Graduate Student Research Bonus in Memory of Bernard R. Kogan, Dept. of English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003.

Anne Hopewell Selby Award for distinction in graduate studies in English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002.