Susan (Sue) Kenyon hails from Wales, where she lived till she was 18 and went to London University (Bedford College) to study History. On graduating in 1965, she joined Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), and went as a High School teacher to a girls’ boarding school in Wad Medani, Sudan. This experience convinced her to become an anthropologist. She enrolled at Bryn Mawr College, PA, as a graduate student in anthropology, gaining an MA (1975) and PhD (1977). Her doctoral research was carried out in a native-American village (Kyuquot) on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, but much of her research since that time has been carried out in the Muslim world, particularly Sudan and also Indonesia. As a practicing anthropologist she has also carried out research in Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and Ghana. She is the author of many articles and several books, notably The Kyuquot Way: the Study of a Northwest Coast (Nootkan) Community (1981 Mercury Press), Five Women of Sennar: Culture and Change in Central Sudan (1991 Oxford University Press; 2nd edition 2004, Waveland press), and Spirits and Slaves in Central Sudan: the Red Wind of Sennar (2013 Palgrave MacMillan). Sue has taught at the University of Delaware (1975-7), Indiana University (1990-91), Valparaiso University (1991-5) and Butler University (1995-2008). She is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Butler University, Secretary of the Association of Senior Anthropologists, and an occasional instructor for WC-ALL, which she thoroughly enjoys.
Sue has been married for almost 50 years to Simon Kenyon, a large animal veterinarian. They are the proud parents of Alistair, Katie and Christopher, and proud grandparents to Matthew, Daniel, Zachary, Trevor and Isabel. Sue and Simon moved to Kent County in 2014, and live in Rock Hall, where they enjoy boating and kayaking, crabs and oysters, the Mainstay, and a busy social life.