Susan Sterett is currently on leave from the University of Denver and serving as a program officer for the Law and Social Sciences program at the National Science Foundation. She has been at the university since 1993. She has served as associate dean, and as the chair of the Department of Political Science. She teaches in law, politics and social welfare. She writes about how we craft social welfare support, including through families and through rights of citizenship. Most recently she has been working on a project concerning people who were displaced to Denver after Hurricane Katrina, and how assistance was distributed. She has been a Fulbright scholar at the China University of Political Science and Law, a Fubright senior specialist at Tongji University in Shanghai, a fellow at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and a Fulbright scholar at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick.