- Fieldwork from Afar. Anthropology News. In press.
- The Elephant in the (Zoom) Room. By The TPHE Collective (Susan D Blum, Oscar Fernandez, Mays Imad, Ryan Korstange, Thomas F Nelson Laird, and Kate L. Pantelides). Inside Higher Ed. May 6. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/05/06/pandemic-brings-home-need-focus-humane-and-meaningful-student-learning-experiences
- Why We’re Exhausted by Zoom. Inside Higher Ed. April 22. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/04/22/professor-explores-why-zoom-classes-deplete-her-energy-opinion
- “Exuberant Hallyu and Formidable Students: Two Faces of South Korean Youth Culture.” In Korean Wave Beyond Nationality: Conflicts Over the Globalization of Korean Popular Culture, edited by Yeonhee Yoon. Seoul: Korea University Press, pp. 21-31.
- Review of Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z’s New Path to Success by Shalini Shankar (2019) for American Anthropologist 131 (4): 957-958.
- “Chinese Language and Social Justice.” Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics, edited by Chu-Ren Huang, Zhuo Ling-Schmidt, and Barbara Meisterernst, pp. 220-234.
- “Why Don’t Anthropologists Care about Learning (or Education or School)? An Immodest Proposal for an Integrative Anthropology of Learning Whose Time Has Finally Come.” American Anthropologist 121(3): 641-654. September. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13268.
- How I retreat and Regroup: A Model for Starting Summer by Getting Away. June 5. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/how-i-retreat-and-regroup
- Speak Softly—or At Least Speak English. Academe should not police international students’ speech. Inside Higher Ed. January 30. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/01/30/academe-should-not-police-international-students-speech-opinion
- Review of The Value of Comparison by Peter van der Veer (2016) for Journal of the Royal Anthropology Institute (N.S.) 25: 209-210.
- “Signs of Eating Local.” In Discourse and Food: Entextualizing Foodways in Cultural Context, edited by Kathleen C. Riley and Amy L. Paugh. Routledge. Pp 130-131.
- Ungrading. Inside Higher Ed. November 14, 2017.
- “Engagement in Practice: Not Just Technical Education; An Anthropological Perspective on a Community-Based Engineering Internship Program.” Kenzell Huggins, Asha Barnes, Susan D Blum, Jay B Brockman, and Gary Allen Gilot. American Society for Engineering Education. Paper ID #19079. Columbus, Ohio. June 25, 2017.
- Review of The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux. Academography: Critical Ethnography & Higher Education. October 20. https://academography.org/2017/10/20/cathy-davidson-the-new-education/
- The Gap that Won’t Be Filled: An Anthropolitical Critique of the “Language Gap.” (With Netta Avineri, Eric Johnson, Kathleen C. Riley, and Ana Celia Zentella) Anthropology News. August 24. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/08/24/the-gap-that-wont-be-filled/
- Save CA Residents from a Language Drought: Vote “Yes” This Fall. (With Netta Avineri, Suzanne Carcia-Mateus, and Ana Celia Zentella). Huffington Post. August 8. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/american-anthropological-association/save-ca-residents-from-a_b_11387726.html
- Review of Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China’s Top University Students by Susanne Bregnbaek (2015) for American Anthropologist 118 (4) (November 24): 883-884. DOI: 10.1111/aman.12710
- Review of Re-Orienting Cuisine: East Asian Foodways in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Kwang Ok Kim (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2015) for Anthropos. In press.
- The Game of School. Peeps Magazine. Volume 1, pp. 22-29. Peepsforum.com.
- White + Word Gap = Wrong! American Anthropological Association AAA Blog. June 22. http://blog.aaanet.org/2015/06/22/white-word-gap-wrong/
- Linguistic Challenges to China’s Centralizing Control. China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham. June 16. http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2015/06/16/linguistic-challenges-to-chinas-centralizing-control/
- The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households. Huff Post Education. February 11. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/american-anthropological-association/the-middle-class-thinks-i_b_6653932.html
- Review of The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent, edited by Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014) for Anthropology and Education Quarterly 46 (3): 313-315.
- Review of Language and Food: Verbal and Nonverbal Experiences, edited by Polly E. Szatrowski (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2014) for American Anthropologist 177 (1)(March): 207-208.
- Selling the Language Gap: False Premises, False Promises. (With Kathleen C Riley). Anthropology News. August 8. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/08/07/selling-the-language-gap/
- Enigmatic China Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat. Huffington Post Politics. August 6. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-d-blum/enigmatic-china-will-have_b_3712590.html
- A Teacher’s Delight: My Students Are Talking About Class Behind My Back—But in a Good Way. Huffington Post College. April 15. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-d-blum/a-teachers-delight-my-stu_b_3086790.html
- “Is a New Definition of Plagiarism Needed?: Yes.” Congressional Quarterly Researcher, At Issue. January 4, 2013. P. 17. www.cqresearcher.com
- Review of The Mirage of China: Anti-Humanism, Narcissism, and Corporeality of the Contemporary World by Xin Liu (Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books, 2009) for American Anthropologist.
- "Called by the Earth: Women in Sustainable Farming." Journal of Workplace Rights 16 (3-4) (2011-2012): 315-336.
- "Why Does China Fear the Internet?" In China In and Beyond the Headlines, edited by Timothy B. Weston and Lionel M. Jensen. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 173-192.
- "A Fork in the Road: Educating Tibetans in Tibetan?" Anthropology News, Society for Linguistic Anthropology blog. January 10. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2012/01/10/a-fork-in-the-chinese-road-educating-tibetans-in-tibetan/
- Review of Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora by Jing Tsu (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010) for The China Journal 67 (January): 205-206.
- "A Fork in the Road: Educating Tibetans in Tibetan?" Society for Linguistic Anthropology blog. December 23. http://linguisticanthropology.org/blog/2011/12/23/educating-tibetans-in-tibetan/
- “The Natural End of Schooling.” Inside Higher Education, University of Venus Guest Blog. March 29 http://www.insidehighered.com/blog/university_of_venus/the_natural_end_of_schooling.
- Review of Schooling Passions: Nation, History, and Language in Contemporary Western India by Véronique Benei (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008) for Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 17: 178-179.
- "Wang Hui, Plagiarism, and the Great Bourgeois Academic Cultural Revolution." The China Beat. July 29. http://www.thechinabeat.org/?p=2430.
- “Happy News: Censorship, Nationalism, and Language Ideology in China.” Kellogg Working Papers. Spring 2010. http://kellogg.nd.edu/publications/workingpapers/WPS/366.pdf.
- Review of Doing Fieldwork in China, edited by Maria Heimer and Stig Thøgersen (Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, 2006) for Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 16: 681-682..
- “Swimming in a Sea of Texts: Attribution in the Age of the Internet.” AFT On Campus. September / October. P. 16.
- “Should China Copy the West on Academic Integrity?” The China Beat. May 21.http://thechinabeat.blogspot.com/2009/05/should-china-copy-west-on-academic.html. Also available through History News Network. May 21. http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/86407.html.
- “Academic Integrity and Student Plagiarism: A Question of Education, Not Ethics.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Vol. 55, issue 24) February 20. P. A35. Also available at http://chronicle.com/weekly/v55/i24/24a03501.htm.
- “Inaugural Oath Like a Magic Spell: The Right Words Matter.” Chicago Sun-Times op-ed. January 23.
- Berkshire Encyclopedia of China. Great Barrington, MA
- “Autonomous Areas (Zizhi diqu),” pp. 131-133.
- “Social Values (Shehui jiazhi),” pp. 2021-2025.
- “‘China-ism’ Lesson Explains Future of Tibet.” Chicago Tribune op-ed. April 18.
- “The Internet, the Self, Authorship, and Plagiarism.” Anthropology News. March. Pp. 8-9.
- Review of Food for Thought: Essays on Eating and Culture edited by Lawrence C. Rubin (Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Col, 2008) for Society of Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), American Anthropological Association.http://www.nutritionalanthro.org/bookreview-foodforthought.php.
- “Sleep and the Sabbatical.” Chronicle of Higher Education vol. LIII, no. 25 (February 23): C2-3.
- “In Pursuit of Authenticity: Authorship, Food, Ethnic Tourism/Heritage, and Historic Preservation.” International Symposium. From the Revitalization of Rural Old Architecture and Community Development to the Realization of Sustainable Rural Development. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, pp. 117-129.
- Republished in Chinese translation: 農村文化資產保存的真實性 (“Authenticity of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Rehabilitation”), translated by April Hueimin Lu 盧惠敏。 In 2007 國土美學運動，從農村老建築活化再生與社區營造談農村永續發展的實現(From the Revitalization ofRural Old Architecture and Community Development to the Realization of Sustainable Rural Development). 行政院經濟建設委員會，國立屏東科技大學 (Taipei; National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, 2008), pp. 125-137.
- “Of Rice and Meat: Real Chinese Food.” In China’s Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines, edited by Lionel M. Jensen and Timothy B. Weston. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 177-96.
- Review of “Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs”: Gender Unity and Gender Equality Among the Lahu of Southwest China by Shanshan Du (Columbia University Press, 2002) for Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. XXXVIII, no. 1 (Winter): 183-85.
- “Performance and Pastiche: The Norm of Non-Originality.” Newsletter, Winter, Sweetland Writing Center, University of Michigan, p. 9.
- “Diamond in the Field: The Life and Work of Norma Diamond.” Michigan Discussions in Anthropology vol. 16: 212-247.
- “In and Out of the Ethnographer’s Shadow: ‘Native’ Identity in the Anthropology of China.” Review essay of Rural Life in Modern China: Gao Village by Mobo C.F. Gao (Hawaii, 2000), In One’s Own Shadow: An Ethnographic Account of the Condition of Post-reform Rural China by Xin Liu (California, 2000), and Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongoliaby Dee Mack Williams (Stanford, 2002) for Reviews in Anthropology vol. 35: 79-95.
- “Buzzing and Writing the Day Away Instant Messaging:Studying a New Form of Communication.” Anthropology News. Vol. 46 no. 2 (February): 29-30.
- “Five Approaches to Explaining “Truth” and “Deception” in Human Communication.” Journal of Anthropological Research 61 (3). Autumn: 289-315.
- “Nationalism without Linguism: Tolerating Chinese Variants.” In The Contest of Language: Before and Beyond Nationalism, edited by W. Martin Bloomer. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 134-164.
- Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture, edited by Edward L. Davis. New York and London: Routledge.
- “Dialects,”pp. 147-48.
- “Ethnic food,” p. 173.
- “Ethnicity, concepts of,” pp. 175-76.
- “Ethnography,” pp. 176-77.
- “Han, culture of,” pp. 242-43.
- “Morality,”pp. 403-405.
- “Representations of minorities,” pp. 508-509.
- “Sino-Tibetan language speakers,” p. 553.
- “Writing reform movements,” pp. 662-63.
- “Writing system,” p. 663.
- Review of New Reflections on Anthropological Studies of (greater) China, edited by Xin Liu (California, 2004) for China Review International Volume 12 no. 1 (Spring): 161-169.
- “Instant Messaging: Functions of a New Communicative Tool.” Written by Theresa Davey, Anastasia Envall, Mark Gernerd, Tiffanné Mahomes, Maria Monroe, Jenna Nowak, Matthew Patricoski and Jacob Weiler Electronic document. http://www.nd.edu/~sblum/InstantMessaging.pdf.
- “La ruse et ses cousins de China” (Rusing and its cousins in China). In Les raisons de la ruse: Une perspective anthropologique et psychanalytique, edited by Serge Latouche, Pierre-Joseph Laurent, Olivier Servais, and Michael Singleton. Paris: Editions la Decouverte/M.A.U.S.S., pp. 265-281.
- “Good to Hear: Using the Trope of Standard to Find One’s Way in a Sea of Linguistic Diversity.” In Language Policy in the People’s Republic of China: Theory and Practice since 1949, edited by Minglang Zhou. Boston: Kluwer Academic Press, pp. 123-141.
- Review of The Mongols at China’s Edge: History and the Politics of National Unity by Uradyn E. Bulag (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002) for Pacific Affairs, Volume 77, No. 1, Spring: 118-119.
- “Rural China and the WTO.” Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 11, No. 32: 459-472.
- “Introduction: Reconsidering the ‘Middle Kingdom’.” Co-authored with Lionel M. Jensen, in China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom, edited by Susan D. Blum and Lionel M. Jensen. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, pp. 1-20.
- “Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity in Kunming,” in China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom, edited by Susan D. Blum and Lionel M. Jensen. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, pp. 148-166.
- “Margins and Centers: A Decade of Publishing on China’s Minorities.” Review article of The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China by Erik Mueggler (University of California Press, 2001); Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging by Ralph A. Litzinger (Duke University Press, 2000); Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China, edited byStevan Harrell (California, 2001); The History of Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam: AMosque of their Own byMaria Jaschok and Shui Jingjun (Curzon, 2000); Creating the Zhuang : Ethnic Politics in China by Katherine Palmer Kaup(Lynne Rienner, 2000); Minority Rules: The Miao and the Feminine in China's Cultural Politics by Louisa Schein (Body, Commodity, Text) (Duke, 2000); and Echoes of History: Naxi Music in Modern China by Helen Rees (Oxford, 2000) for Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 61, no. 4 (November): 1287-1310.
- Review of Town and Country in China: Identity and Perception, ed. by David Faure and Tao Tao Liu (Palgrave, 2002) for China Review International, Volume 9, No. 2 (Fall): 411-415.
- “Truth.” In Key Terms in Language and Culture, edited by Alessandro Duranti. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, pp. 252-55.
- “Tales From the Fields of Yunnan: Listening to Han Stories.” Modern China Vol. 26, no. 2 (April): 148-165.
- “China’s Many Faces: Ethnic, Cultural, and Religious Pluralism.” In China Beyond the Headlines, edited by Timothy B. Weston and Lionel M. Jensen. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 69-95.
- “Truth.” Encyclopedia entry for “Language Matters: A Lexicon for the New Millennium,” ed. by Alessandro Duranti, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 9 (1): 251-254.
- Review of Producing Guanxi: Sentiment, Self, and Subculture in a North China Village by Andrew B. Kipnis (Duke University Press, 1997) for American Ethnologist 26 (3): 755-756.
- Review of Language and Culture by David L. Shaul and N. Louanna Furbee (Waveland Press, 1998) for Language in Society 28 (4): 582-585.
- “Pearls on the String of the Chinese Nation: Pronouns, Plurals, and Prototypes in Talk About Identities.” Michigan Discussions in Anthropology 13, special issue on “Linguistic Form and Social Action,” pp. 207-237.
- “Naming Practices and the Power of Words in China.” Language in Society 26: 3 (September 1997): 357-379.
- Book note, “We Two Know the Script: We Have Become Good Friends”: Linguistic and Social Aspects of The Women’s Script Literacy in Southern Hunan, China by William W. Chiang (University Press of America, 1995) for Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 7 (2) (December 1997): 248. Review of Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema, by Rey Chow. New York: Columbia University Press, Film and Culture Series. For Philosophy East and West 47 no. 3 (July 1997): 435-439.
- Review of Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation by Michael Agar (William Morrow, 1994) for Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 6 (1) (June): 105-107.
- Review of Les Chinois et la passion des noms, by Viviane Alleton (Paris: Aubier, 1993) for The Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 54, no. 4 (November): 1087-1089.
- “Ethnic Diversity in Southwest China: Perceptions of Self and Other.” Ethnic Groups vol. 9 (Fall 1992): 267-279.