Susan Engel
Senior Lecturer, Founding Director of the Program in Teaching


  • Child development

Susan Engel is senior lecturer in psychology and founding director of the program in teaching at Williams College. Her research interests include the development of curiosity, children’s narratives, play, and more generally, teaching and learning. Her current research looks at whether students learn to think differently in college. Her work has appeared in journals such as Cognitive Development, Harvard Educational Review, and the American Education Research Journal as well as Atlantic Monthly, The Huffington Post and BloombergView. She is the author of six books: “The Stories Children Tell: Making Sense of the Narratives of Childhood,” “Context is Everything: The Nature of Memory,” “Real Kids: Making Sense in Everyday Life,” “Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become,” “The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood,” and “The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform Our Schools.” She has also published a number of columns and op-ed pieces on education in The New York Times. She is a founder of, and the educational advisor to, an experimental school in New York State. She is currently writing a book on high school.