Susan Thistle

Susan Thistle Associate Chair
Senior Lecturer

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330

Office Address:
1808 Chicago Avenue, Room 110
Phone: (847) 491-3358

Office Hours: TH 3:00-4:30 PM

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Historical and Comparative

Relevant Link

Environmental Policy and Culture
Institute for Policy Research


Susan Thistle's main area of interest is sociology of the environment, and how different groups are reshaping our relationships to the environment, both in the United States and elsewhere, in the 21st century.  She has also started a new program, Field Studies in Environmental Issues, at the Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest, about 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington.  Students can spend Fall quarters at the Labs taking a variety of courses for credit at Northwestern, and carrying out independent research on environmental issues.  In her earlier work, Susan looked at how different groups shaped the interaction between families and an expanding market economy.

Her book From Marriage to the Market: The Transformation of Women's Lives in the Late 20th Century United States, addresses the relationship between gender and economic and political development, providing an understanding of the deeper structural alterations underlying women's movement into the labor force in the years after World War II, and the profound changes in family structure, women's lives, and social policy which have accompanied this transition. Thistle has taught and developed such courses as "Food, Politics, and Society" and "Social Change and the Environment."

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 201: Social Inequality
SOCIOL 212: Environment and Society
SOCIOL 226: Sociological Analysis
SOCIOL 311: Food, Politics, and Society
SOCIOL 312: Social Basis of Environmental Change
SOCIOL 376: Topics in Sociological Analysis: Preserving the Wild
SOCIOL 376: Topics: Social Change and the Environment


From Marriage to the Market: The Transformation of Women’s Lives and Work
University of California Press, 2006

Political Science/Sociology joint Assistant Professor of Instruction Search

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Upcoming Events

Sociology Colloquium - Professor Tamara Kay, The University of New Mexico
October 8, 201512:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Sociology Colloquium - Professor Kelly Moore, Loyola University
October 15, 201512:30 PM - 2:00 PM

September 25, 2015