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Women's Spirituality & Transformative Inquiry
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
BA, Lewis and Clark College
Susan Carter holds an M.A. in Women’s Spirituality and a Ph.D. in Humanities/Philosophy of Religion from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where she is an adjunct full professor teaching interdisciplinary courses in several departments, including Women's Spirituality, as well as serving on a variety of dissertation committees.
Susan is also Chair of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) department at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. She is active in university governance and co-chairs the Graduate Faculty Council and the Faculty Principles and Policies Committee.
Susan is President of the Pacific Northwest region's American Academy of Religion (AAR) / Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) / American School of Oriental Research (ASOR), and co-chair of the Arts and Religion program unit. She also serves as consultant to Riane Eisler's Center for Partnership Studies and its initiatives, such as The Caring Economy Campaign (CEC), and the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV).
She serves on the editorial board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (a peer reviewed international open-access online journal), for which she has written several articles (view here and here).
As a feminist scholar and an avid advocate of volunteerism and community-based learning, Susan is actively involved in the non-profit sector, and has served on a number of boards that promote education and empowerment of underserved populations, cross-cultural understanding, and the arts. She has formed and directed a 501[c] foundation, and consults with California Bay Area and Pacific Northwest educational institutions to help promote community service. In addition, she presents nationally and internationally on diverse educational, partnership, cultural and spiritual topics.
Susan’s interdisciplinary work is informed by looking to ancient cultures for ideas that may help shape our future. Her academic and personal interests come together with the study of women’s spirituality and prehistoric symbolism and art as an expression of ancient spiritual traditions. Her research includes the prehistoric origins of the Japanese sun goddess, linking this goddess’ influence on contemporary political discussion of women’s right of ascendancy to the Chrysanthemum throne. Additionally, her ancestral roots (and Sami indigenous lineage) inform her research into women’s roles in contemporary Sweden, women’s possible roles in Scandinavian prehistory, Scandinavian mythology, and her special interest in the ancient rock carvings of Sweden.
American Academy of Religion (Regional and National Meetings)
2014 University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Regional)
2013 Seattle University. Seattle, Washington. (Regional)
2012 Concordia University. Portland, Oregon. (Regional)
2011 Gonzaga University. Spokane, Washington. (Regional)
2010 University of Victoria. Victoria, B.C., Canada. (Regional)
2009 Pacific Lutheran University. Tacoma, Washington. (Regional)
2008 George Fox University. Newberg, Oregon. (Regional)
2007 Graduate Theological Union. Berkeley, California. (Regional)
2001 Denver, Colorado. (National)
Other Presentations (selective):
2012 Servant Leadership Conference. Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon. Presentation and Workshop:
2005 Second World Congress on Matriarchal Studies.