Suzanne England is a retired Professor whose social work career spans nearly 35 years, encompassing direct practice in Head Start, parent education, community and program development, health promotion and disease prevention, teaching, higher education administration, and research. Her current scholarly interests include the use of new media in professional education, memory studies, discursive therapeutic practices, narrative inquiry, critical gerontology, and the medical humanities. Dr. England’s publishing and presentation activities span the areas of popular culture, age studies, narrative, and most recently, cyberculture and digital memory. Dr. England and her colleague, Professor of English Martha Rust, were recently awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant for their course, What is Memory?
Dr. England served as Dean of the Silver School from 2001-2009. During her tenure at NYU, the School grew both academically and financially; she added new faculty, developed the School's Poverty Agenda, and founded its Department of Lifelong Learning and Professional Development. In 2007, the School was renamed the Silver School of Social Work in honor of a multi-million dollar gift from Constance and Martin Silver.
Prior to coming to NYU, Dr. England was Dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University. While at Tulane, she oversaw the complete reformulation of the MSW program, resulting in an innovative program focusing on race, poverty, and community-based clinical practice that positioned the School for its central role in Tulane’s post-Katrina Academic Renewal Plan.
Before joining Tulane, Dr. England was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Associated Health Professions at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. England received her PhD and MSW from the University of Illinois, and her BS from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has an MBA from the Executive MBA Program at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
England, S. E. Mary Gordon’s Mrs. Cassidy’s Last Year and caregiver narratives: Dilemmas of self, identity, and relationship in family dementia care. Presented at the Session on Caregiver Narratives: Families in Illness. Modern Language Association, January 2017.
Rust, M. D. and England, S. E. Teaching memory studies. Session for Modern Language Association, January 2017.
England, S. E. Performing age-related dementia in popular television. Accepted for presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 2016.
England, S. E. Narrative means to policy ends: Insights into eldercare through literature. Presented at Narrative Matters 2016. 6/20-23, Victoria, CA.
England SE. Driving Miss Daisy as memory theatre: Ghosts, hauntings and collective identity. Presented at Popular Culture/American Culture Association’s Annual Conference. March 22-25, 2016. Seattle WA.
Rust MD and England SE. “The circle, uncoiled, unwound”: Following memory’s storyline with Mystory. Presented at The Storytelling Project: 8th Global Meeting, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, September 5, 2015.
England, SE. Prosaics, Family Memory, and Aging in the Plays of Horton Foote. North American Network in Aging Studies (NANAS) Conference, Aging and Age Studies: Foundations and Formations, Miami University, Oxford, OH, May 19-22, 2015.
England, S.E. Too Good to be True: Dave Eggers’ Post-Katrina Hero Zeitoun. Presented at the PCA/ACA National Conference, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015.
England, S.E. Performing Age-Related Dementias on Popular Television. Presentation at Playing Age Conference, University of Toronto, Feb. 27-28, 2015.
England, S.E. Memory and aging in Driving Miss Daisy: An exploration of the concept of the psychoanalytic “ third” in drama. Presented at a session on age, performance, and memory at the Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, January 2015.
Rust, M.D. & England, S.E. The circle, uncoiled, unwound”: Following Memory’s Storyline With Mystory. Presented at Memory Network Conference, Roehampton University, UK, September 4, 2014.
England, S.E. Storying Objects, Spaces, and Memories in Driving Miss Daisy: An Exploration of the Concept of the Psychoanalytic “Third” in Drama. Presented at Memory Network Conference, Roehampton University, UK, September 4, 2014.
England S.E. Re-membering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath: Popular media and the construction of cultural memory. Presented at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting. April 17-20, 2014. Chicago, IL.
England, S.E. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath: A case study of narrative knowing, mediated knowing, and the construction of cultural memory. Presented at Narrative Matters 2014, June 24-28, 2014, Paris FR.
England, S. E. Alzheimer's: Master Narratives and Personal Troubles in Mary Gordon’s Mrs. Cassidy’s Last Year. Accepted for the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America Meeting, November, 2013.
England, S. E. Memory, self, identity and relationships in Mad Men. Paper presented at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting. March 27-20, 2013. Washington, DC
England, S.E. Alzheimer’s: Master narratives and personal troubles in Mary Gordon’s Mrs. Cassidy’s Last Year. Presented at Narrative Matters 2012, May, 2012, Paris FR..
England, S.E. Performing age-related dementia in popular culture. Presentation at the American Society for Theater Research. Nashville, TN. November 4-8, 2012. Under review for inclusion of a proposed edited book, Performing Age.
England, S.E and Rust, M.D. Sweet old things: Portrayals of the vices and virtues of old age in Muriel Spark’s Memento Mori. Presented at Theorizing Age: Challenging the Disciplines. Mastriicht, NL Oct 6-9 2011. Resubmitted with revisions to the Journal of Aging Studies. January, 2013.
England, S.E. Re-membering Katrina: Digital storying of the storm and its aftermath. Accepted for presentation at the Global Conference in Cyberculture, May 15-17, Prague, Czech Republic.
England, S.E. and Rust, M.D. For better or for worse: Mad Men, memory and relationships. Paper accepted for presentation at Remembering, Forgetting, Imagining: the Practices of Memory March 1-2 2013, Fordham University http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195791, and Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting. March 27-20, 2013. Washington, DC
England, S.E. ‘Round the bend or crazy like a fox? Portrayals of age-related dementia in popular media. Presentation for the Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture Section of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA April 11-14, 2012.
England, S.E. Alzheimer’s and domestic space: Portrayals in popular culture. Presented at Popular Culture and American Culture Associations National Conference, San Antonio, TX April 21, 2011.
England, S.E. Paid care in domestic and micro-political space: Aging, dependency and memory in Driving Miss Daisy. Presented at Aging, Old Age, Memory, Aesthetics, Toronto, CA, March 27, 2011.