Susan Engel

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 and invention in childhood, and more generally, teaching and learning. Recently she has begun new research assessing the intellectual impact of college. She is the author of nine books, including The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood, The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform Our Schools, and A School of Our Own: The Story of the First Student-Run High School and a New Vision for American Education, which she wrote with her son, Samuel Levin. Her newest book, The Intellectual Lives of Children, was published in January 2021 by Harvard University Press. She was a founder of, and the educational advisor to an experimental school in New York State for 18 years. She has written op-eds about education for The New York Times, Bloomberg News, Atlantic, The Nation, and Time Magazine, among others