Susan Weinstein

Susan Weinstein

MacCurdy Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

43-C Allen Hall


Sue Weinstein is the MacCurdy Distinguished Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she works in English education and new literacy studies. Sue also serves as president of the board of directors for Humanities Amped, the critical literacies program at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge that foregrounds restorative justice practices and participatory action research. For the last decade and a half, Sue's research has focused on the writing practices of teenagers, especially socio-culturally marginalized youth. Since 2007, she has been immersed in the field of youth spoken word poetry, collaborating with Baton Rouge's Forward Arts (formerly WordPlay) and with organizations and educators throughout the U.S. and England. Her book, The Room Is on Fire: The History, Practice, and Pedagogy of Youth Spoken Word Poetry, is the result of that work. Before entering graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Sue was a high school English teacher. Her 2009 book, Feel These Words: Writing in the Lives of Urban Youth, grew out of her work at a Chicago alternative high school.

Area(s) of Interest

New Literacy Studies, English Education, Hip-hop studies, US poetry movements, African-American culture and history

Curriculum Vitae