Susan Brownell

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Industry Education
Occupation university professor
Location Beijing, China
Introduction Susan Brownell is professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Her first book, "Training the Body for China," was based on her experiences as a gold medalist in the 1986 Chinese National College Games. "Beijing’s Games: What the Olympics Mean to China" (forthcoming March 2008), ranges from 19th-century Orientalism to Cold War politics to post–Cold War “China bashing.” She was also the translator of "He Zhenliang and China’s Olympic Dream," the biography of China’s member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Since 2000 she has been a member of the IOC’s postgraduate grant selection committee. In 2007-08 she is at the Olympic Studies Centre, Beijing Sport University, researching the 2008 Olympic Games, funded by a Fulbright research award. She has lifelong experience in sports, beginning with equestrian events at the age of two, followed by a career as a nationally ranked U.S. track and field athlete (heptathlon), and national medals in adult figure skating. She was president of the St. Louis Skating Club and a member of the organizing committee of the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis.
Interests China, Olympic Games