Susan Lepselter

Susan Lepselter is Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Folklore, at Indiana University Bloomington. Drawing on both anthropology and literary studies, her work takes an interdisciplinary approach to narrative, poetics, and discourses of power in the contemporary United States.  She has written about the uncanny, abduction and captivity, hoarding stories, and online neurodivergent identity. Her book, The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity and UFOs in the American Uncanny  (University of Michigan Press, 2016), won the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s Bateson Prize in 2017. Currently, with the support of a New Frontiers Experimentation Fellowship from Indiana University, she is working on a book of poetry about encounters between human and non-human animals in everyday life. ​