Susan Parman is an anthropologist, educator, and writer with eclectic interests. Although her major geographical interest is Europe and particularly Scotland, she has done research on Japan, Central Asia, Mexican-Americans, and the American South. Her theoretical interests range from the history of anthropology to the anthropology of islands and the biocultural study of salt and dreams. She also publishes poetry, short stories, and other forms of fiction. As outgoing president of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Parman continues to contribute to discussions of the relationship of Europe and anthropology through promotion of symposia, workshops, and scholarships. She received her Ph.D. from Rice University and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at California State University ¿ Fullerton.