Susan VanZanten


Susan Emily VanZanten is Dean of Christ College—The Honor College of Valparaiso University, and Professor of Humanities and Literature. A frequent speaker and writer on African literature, American literature, and Christian higher education, Susan has published essays in Research in African Literature, Christianity and Literature, PMLA, and American Literature. Her recent books include a memoir, Reading a Different Story: A Christian Scholar’s Journey from America to Africa (2013), Joining the Mission: A Guide for (Mainly) New College Faculty (2011), and Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions with Dickinson (2011). She was a resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute in the fall of 2014.

Festival Years: 2006, 2012