After earning degrees from Oxford University (UK) and Birkbeck College, I gained a Phd in Literature at Newcastle University and joined the faculty of the English Department in the University of Greenwich London. Eventually I became a full professor of English and Jungian Studies. In 2009, I emigrated to the United States, where I now teach on hybrid programs in Engaged Humanities, Creativity and Jungian & Archetypal Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.


In ten books, I have written about the psychology of the creative imagination, using Jung to excavate a lost feminine. I have always been fascinated by detective fiction, in which I am now actively engaged with my Mary Wandwalker Mysteries.


You can read more about these, and my exploration of the essence of writing, in my blog, download some of my papers, listen to talks and see upcoming events

Susan Rowland, Ph.D 

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Jungian Arts-Based Research and "The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico"

Designed as a "how-to" book, Jungian Arts-Based Research and "The Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico" explores how Jung contributes to the new arts-based paradigm in psychic functions such as intuition, by providing an epistemology of symbols that includes the unconscious, and research strategies such as active imagination.

Available Now


The Sleuth and

the Goddess:

Hestia, Artemis, Athena And Aphrodite In Women's Detective Fiction 

Exploring the divine feminine energies in mystery fiction by women from Christie to Paretsky, Evanovich, and Winspear.  



Jungian LIterary Criticism Susan Rowland

Jungian Literary Criticism The Essential Guides 

This is a "how to" book for literary students who want to explore the intrinsically creative imagination and for Jungians who want to explore literature. It is also a "why" book on the importance of Transdisciplinarity for the Climate Emergency and more. 

This book teaches all of us to read again. Through a Jungian lens, Susan Rowland guides us through a familiar literary landscape and shows us how to see it as if for the first time. In an act of alchemy, her insights transform our understanding of literary relationships in the books themselves. 

Dr. Luke Hockley, Professor of Media Analysis, University of Bedfordshire, UKCP psychotherapist, UK


A forerunner of Jungian literary criticism, Susan Rowland has now provided here an updated volume of ambition and character with rigorous and brilliant attention to individual pieces of writing. She challenges the very necessity and notion of a Jungian approach to studying literature and responds to that query with thoughtful but sweeping notice of commentary over centuries. Highly recommendable for its clarity and scope.

Leslie Gardner, Ph.D., Fellow, Department Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex



Without generosity, we lose in spiritedness.
-Susan Rowland, Ph.D
Mary Wandwalker.

The Sacred Well Murders.

A novel by Susan Rowland.

Available for pre-order December 2021. 
Chiron Publications

Recent Talks


What I'm Reading Now:

A Choir of Crows

by Candace M. Robb

Halfway through and hugely enjoying A Choir of Crows

by Candace M. Robb.

In fact, must stop reading because cannot bear not to have it next week! Great to explore human nature set in another time when plagues part of life.

Scot Free

 by Catriona McPherson

Totally loving Scot Free by

Catriona McPherson.

You don't have to be a Celt in SoCal to enjoy it but it helps! Teatime! Who doesn't know teatime? Hurrah there are more of this series.

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The Mystery Writer's Apprentice Spellbook 

A Blog by Susan Rowland that informally explores writing, depth psychology and magic. 


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