Susan Hogan (historian)

Susan Hogan (born 1961) is a British cultural historian. Hogan is Professor in Cultural Studies & Art Therapy at the University of Derby.

Personal life

Hogan married Philip Douglas in 1988, and then divorced in 1998. Hogan's mother-in-law was noted anthropologist Dame Mary Douglas. She has two children: Emile and Eilish.


Hogan attended a school based on the doctrine of A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School. This experience, coupled with the anthropological work of her mother-in-law, influenced her work.

She started her Ph.D. at the University of Sydney in art history and finished it in cultural history at the Thomas Reid Institute of the University of Aberdeen, where G.S. Rousseau served as her primary supervisor.

She has taught in a number of universities including the University of New South Wales and University of Derby.

Hogan's work has focused on therapy with: women of ageing and women who have recently given birth, offering art therapy groups to give support to woman and an opportunity for them to explore their changed sense of self-identity and sexuality as a result of pregnancy and motherhood. Her published work is significant in its sustained challenge to the use of reductive psychology and for bringing anthropological and sociological ideas to bear on the subject of art therapy.


  • Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (as editor, 1997);
  • Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy (2001);
  • Gender Issues in Art Therapy (as editor, 2003);
  • Conception Diary: Thinking About Pregnancy & Motherhood (2006);
  • Revisiting Feminist Approaches to Art Therapy (as editor, 2012);
  • The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy (with Annette M. Coulter, 2014);
  • Art Therapy Theories. A Critical Introduction (2016);
  • Gender Issues in International Arts Therapies Research (commissioned by the European Consortium of Art Therapy Educators – ECArTE) (2018);
  • Inscribed on the Body. Gender and Difference in the Arts Therapies (2018);
  • The Maternal Tug: Ambivalence, Identity, and Agency. Canada, Ontario: Demeter Press (with La-Chance Adams and Cassidy, in press for Jan 2020).
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