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Department of Social Anthropology



Susan MacDougall is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology working on the ethics of leadership development, a growing field that includes training in management, communication, introspection, and coaching.

Susan completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2017. Her thesis was titled Domestic Interiors: Gender, Ethics, and Friendships in Jordan.


Ethics; gender; friendship; leadership; Lebanon; Jordan; New Age; embodiment; work


2022.   Developmental Friendship in a Professional NetworkEtnofoor34(1).

2021.   "Felt Unfreedom: Reflecting on Ethics and Gender in Jordan." Ethnos 86 (3): 510–529.

2019.   “Ugly Feelings of Greed: The Misuse of Friendship in Working-Class Amman.” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology37, no. 2: 74–89.


Book chapters

2022. “Moral Change through the Lens of Marriage in Jordan.” In New Perspectives on Moral Change, Cecilie Eriksen and Nora Hamalainen, eds. Berghahn Books.

2021. “Embodying Levantine Cuisine in East Amman, Jordan.” In Making Levantine Cuisine, Graham Pitts and Anny Gaul, eds. University of Texas Press.

Teaching and Supervisions



SAN5  Anthropology of Ethics

British Academy Fellow, Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
Dr Susan  MacDougall

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