Professor Susan Tanner has joined the LSU Law faculty on the Legal and Research Writing team and is teaching two sections of the Legal Research and Writing course this fall.
“From the moment I stepped on campus the first time, I felt welcomed and a part of a vibrant and energetic community of scholars,” says Tanner when asked what excites her most about joining LSU Law. “The collegial spirit among the faculty really sets LSU apart from other law schools I visited. My LRW colleagues have impressed me with their commitment to their students and their overall thoughtfulness and insight when designing their curricula.”
Prior to joining the LSU law faculty, Tanner spent approximately seven years at Carnegie Mellon University, where she had been serving as the Assistant Director of First-Year-Writing since 2017. She was a writing instructor throughout her time at Carnegie Mellon, and she also earned her Ph.D. from the university in May. She held the A.W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship in 2016 and the William S. Dietrich II Presidential Doctoral Fellowship in 2017.
Tanner holds a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University and a JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she was a Balfour Merit Scholar and graduated cum laude.
“My favorite thing so far is how kind everyone has been since I got here,” she says of her recent relocation to Baton Rouge. “My neighbors have gone out of their way to welcome me to the neighborhood. And I have yet to meet a stranger in this town (I even had a very pleasant experience at the DMV of all places). When I toured the campus pre-COVID, I fell in love with the food. I’m looking forward to being able to explore the city in earnest.”