Dr. Susan Rensing

Teaching Associate Professor

SusanLeasure Hall 003A
Office Hours by Appointment

BS, University of Wisconsin Madison
PhD, University of Minnesota



Susan Rensing is Teaching Associate Professor in Social Transformation Studies and also a graduate faculty member in the Master of Public Health program. Dr. Rensing was trained as a historian of science and medicine, with a research focus on feminists’ embrace of eugenics in the early 20th century United States. Since coming to K-State, she has worked on several health equity initiatives and is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition. In her spare time, when she is not doom-scrolling on her phone, she enjoys camping, kayaking, and using power tools for various house projects.

Research interests

Health equity; reproductive justice; history of science, medicine, gender, and sexuality; scholarship of teaching and learning.

Select Publications

A Guide to Teaching Introductory Women’s and Gender Studies: Socially Engaged Classrooms (co-authored with Holly Hassel and Christie Launius) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)

"Integrating National Violent Death Reporting System Data into Maternal Mortality Review Committees," (co-authored with Jennifer Miller), Journal of Women’s Health, December 2021

"Falling in Love Intelligently: Eugenic Love in the Progressive Era." Journal of Popular Romance Studies Summer 2016 Issues 5.2

"Wisconsin Ousts Cupid: Wisconsin's Eugenic Marriage Experiment." Voyageur Winter/Summer 2016 vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 44-53

"Women "Waking Up" and Moving the Mountain: The Feminist Eugenic of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,"MP: An Online Feminist Journal, Spring 2013, vol. 4, issue 1, 96-120


GWSS 105: Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 365: Reproductive Rights and Wrongs

GWSS 435: Race, Sex, Science

CAT Communities: “Hacking the MCAT”

STRAN 550: Practicing Social Justice