Susan Engel

Susan Engel

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Class of 1959 Director of Program in Teaching

Psychology Offices and Labs Rm 126


B.A. Sarah Lawrence College (1980)
Ph.D. City University of New York, Developmental Psychology (1985)

Areas of Expertise

Narrative development, autobiographical memory, children's play, teaching and learning in schools, and the development of curiosity

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications
  • Engel, S.L. (2011). Red Flags or Red Herrings, New York: Atria Books.
  • Engel, S.L. (2010). Putting the Child Back into School, Teachers' College Record, NYC, NY.
  • Engel, S.L. (2010). Playing to Learn, New York Times Op-Ed, February 2010.
  • Engel, S.L. (2009). Teach Your Teachers Well, New York Times Op-Ed, November 2009.
  • Engel, S.L. (2009). What Good is College Teaching? Forum Futures: Proceeding from rthe Aspen symposium on Highter Education, Edited by Morty Schapiro and Michael MacPherson.
  • Engel, S.L. (2009). Is Curiosity Vanishing? Journal of Child Psychiatry, Summer 2009.
  • Engel, S.L. & Randall, K. (2008). How Teachers Respond to Children's Inquiry. American Education Research Journal, Winter 2008.
  • Engel, S.L. (2007-8).Lessons Column on teaching for The New York Times, New York Times Publications, NY.
  • Engel, S.L. (2007). Harry's Curiosity. in Psychology of Harry Potter. Texas: BenBella Books.
  • Engel, S.L. (2006). Open Pandora's Box: The Development of Curiosity. Occasional Papers, Sarah Lawrence Institute of Child Development,NY, NY.
  • Engel, S.L. (2005). The narrative worlds of what if and what is. Cognitive Development, 20, pp. 514-525.
  • Engel, S.L. (2005). Real kids: Creating meaning in everyday life. Harvard University Press.
  • Engel, S.L. & Alice Li '03. (2004). Do children gossip: The development of shared meanings. In R. Fivush, J. Hudson, J. Lucariello and P, Bauer (Eds.), The mediated mind: Essays in honor of Katherine Nelson. New Jersey: LEA Press.
  • Engel, S.L. (2003). My harmless inside heart turned green: Children's narratives and their inner lives. In B. Van Oers (Ed.), Children's narrative development. University of Nertherlands Press.
  • Engel, S.L. (1999). Context is everything: The nature of memory. New York: W.H. Freeman.
  • Engel, S.L. (1995). The stories children tell: Making sense of the narratives of childhood. New York: W.H. Freeman.

Current Committees

  • Diversity and Community


Advising for all Williams students interested in studying education and/or pursuing a career in teaching. The program also offers a wide range of education related activities. Please feel free to contact me to find out more about these activities. Co-founder and educational advisor to the Hayground School, Bridgehamptyon, NY. Responsible for supervision of teaching, curriculum development, assessment, and advising for parents, children and special events.