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Susan Hangen has been named Interim Dean of the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies as of July 1, 2017.

Hangen, who joined Ramapo College in 2002, holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served as a Professor of Anthropology and International Studies and has held several administrative roles at the College, most recently as Director of the College Honors Program (2016-2017).  Previously, she was Coordinator of Honor Societies (2012-2015) and Co-Convener of the International Studies major (2007-2014). She has worked extensively on expanding international education at the College, serving on the Study Abroad Committee, the core faculty of the India Study Abroad Program, and the International Risk Assessment Committee.

“I am fully committed to finding new ways to connect the Humanities with the current needs of the students,” said Hangen. Among her goals is to deliver an expanded language curriculum. Hangen also is working on expanding the public policy curriculum, and hopes that a Philosophy major will be launched soon.

“The humanities and social sciences can be a meaningful contribution to students’ future careers,” said Hangen. “Interdisciplinary programs, like American Studies and International Studies, for instance, offer advantages for students. They show potential employers that they are flexible. College, after all, is a time for growth and exploration and the humanities allows a student to explore the world.”

Hangen, who is fluent in Nepali, has written two books, a co-edited volume, and a dozen articles or book chapters, focusing on the areas of nationalism and ethnicity in Nepal, and identity politics among Nepali immigrants in the USA.

She has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations focusing on social justice and education.  She was a Member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice and a Member of the Board of Directors of Educate the Children.


Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top in the Best Regional Public Universities North category, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes viewed as a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,000 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor's degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing and social work. In addition, Ramapo College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers eight graduate programs as well as articulated programs with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New York Chiropractic College, New York University College of Dentistry, SUNY State College of Optometry and New York College of Podiatric Medicine.


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