Susan Roxburgh

Susan Roxburgh

Full Professor
Office Hours:
By Appointment
Contact Information


Editor, Society and Mental Health

Courses Taught


  • Sociological Theories
  • Sociology of Families
  • Sociology of Food


  • Classical Sociological Theory/Contemporary Social Theory
  • Health and Health Care


  • Institutional Review Board Prisoner Advocate, (2001-Current)
  • Faculty Senate, 7-terms, (2001-2023)
  • Faculty Ethics Committee, (2008-2009, 2014-16, Chair, 2020-2022)
  • AAUP Grievance Committee, (2018-Current)
  • Joint Appeals Board (2015-2018, Chair, 2021-2023)

External Funding:

  • 2019 Co-Principal Investigator, Foodways and Public Spaces: How Refugees Use Their Local Park Systems. University Research Council, Small Grant Award, $500 and Summit County Parks Services, $1,000, with Megan Shaeffer, PhD and Theresa Mata, MA


Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1994


Medical Sociology, Stress Process, Race/Ethnicity and Health, racial, ethnic, Health, Time Pressure, parenthood, family life, incarceration, Medical and Mental Health


  • Roxburgh, Susan, and Kelly Rhea MacArthur. 2014. ‘Childhood Adversity and Adult Depression among the Incarcerated: Differential Exposure and Vulnerability by Race/Ethnicity and Gender.’ Child Abuse and Neglect 38:1409-1420.
  • Barnbaum, Deborah R. and Susan Roxburgh. 2014. ‘A Medical Sociologist and a Bioethicist have a Conversation about Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital.’ American Philosophical Association Philosophy and Medicine
  • Roxburgh, Susan. 2014. ‘Race, Class, and Gender Differences in the Marriage-Health Relationship.’ Race, Gender, and Class 21 (3-4): 7-31.
  • Roxburgh, Susan and Chivon Fitch. 2013. 'Parental Status, Child Contact, and Well-Being among Incarcerated Men and Women.' Journal of Family Issues, Online First, September 2013.
  • Markowski, Kelly L. and Susan Roxburgh. 2018. ‘”If I become a vegan, my family and friends will hate me.” Anticipating Vegan Stigma as a Social Barrier to Plant-Based Diets.’ Appetites 135(1):1-9.
  • Bracher, Mark, Deborah Barnbaum, Michael Byron, Tammy Clewell, Nancy Docherty, Françoise Massardier Kenney, David Pereplyotchik, Susan Roxburgh, and Elizabeth Smith-Pryor. 2019. ‘Compassion-Cultivating Pedagogy Advancing Social Justice by Improving Social
  • Roxburgh, Susan and Kelly Rhea MacArthur. 2020. ‘A Comparison of the Salience of Social Support for Black and non-Hispanic White American Subjective Mental Health: An Intersectional Approach.’ Michigan Sociological Review 34:46-72.


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative