Susan Lepselter

Susan Lepselter

Associate Professor, American Studies

Associate Professor, Anthropology


  • Ph.D., Folklore and Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • B.A., Wesleyan University


Interdisciplinary creative scholarship, public feeling and affect theory, uncanny conspiracy theory, neurodivergence in culture, human/non-human animal interaction, indigenous film and literature.


Publication highlights

The Resonance of Unseen Things: Captivities, UFOs, Poetics and Power in the American Uncanny. University of Michigan Press. 2016

“Take me up, I want to go: disorientation and affect in the neurosphere.” History and Anthropology, 30:5, 533-539.

“The Disorder of Things: Hoarding Narratives in Popular Media.” Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 84, No. 4, p. 919–948, 2011

Example of creative critical writing

Concussion | Anthropological Theory Commons

Selected national honors + awards

  • Gregory Bateson Book Prize, the annual award of the Society for Cultural
  • Anthropology, 2017 New Frontiers Experimentation Award for Poetry, Indiana
  • University, 2018 IU Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Mumford Award, Indiana University, June 2021