Suzanne Gaskins
Professor Emeritus
College of Arts and Sciences
Developmental psychology, cultural anthropology, developmental importance of play, museum research
Courses Taught
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Child Psychology
Culture and Development
Play and Development
Research Interests
Cultural child development, parental ethno-theories, informal learning at home and in museums, language as a cognitive tool, ethnographic critique of universal claims

Ph.D. University of Chicago

B.A. Pomona College 

Selected Publications

Shneidman, L., Gaskins, S., & Woodward, A. (2016). Child‐directed teaching and social learning at 18 months of age: evidence from Yucatec Mayan and US infants. Developmental science, 19(3), 372-381.

Haden, C. A., Jant, E. A., Hoffman, P. C., Marcus, M., Geddes, J. R., & Gaskins, S. (2014). Supporting family conversations and children's STEM learning in a children's museum. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(3), 333-344.

Lancy, D. F., Bock, J., & Gaskins, S. (Eds.). (2010). The anthropology of learning in childhood. Rowman Altamira.

Gaskins, S., Haight, W., & Lancy, D. F. (2007). The cultural construction of play. Play and development: Evolutionary, sociocultural, and functional perspectives, 179-202.

Lucy, J. A., & Gaskins, S. (2001). Grammatical categories and the development of classification preferences: A comparative approach. Language acquisition and conceptual development, 257-283.

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