Suzanne Shanahan, Ph.D.
211 Geddes Hall
Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director; Professor of the Practice
Suzanne Shanahan is the Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director and professor of the practice at the Center for Social Concerns. She currently leads Virtues & Vocations, a national forum for scholars and practitioners across disciplines to consider how best to cultivate character and purpose in pre-professional and professional education. For 14 years before joining the center, Suzanne led the Kenan Institute for Ethics and more recently DukeEngage, Duke University’s signature civic engagement program. At Duke she founded the Kenan Refugee Project, a six-country, community-engaged research project on forced migration. Her current research focuses on forced migration and moral responsibility, which she will now continue at the center. Other current work explores the drivers of domestic child sex trafficking and dynamics of racial collective action in the United States and Europe. At Duke Suzanne also received the Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. She received her PhD in sociology from Stanford University.