She is the co-author of the perennial best-seller The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition) and the author of numerous other books, including Rethinking School, The Well-Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the History of the World series from W. W. Norton, the Story of the World Series from Well-Trained Mind Press, and many more.
Susan was home educated and went on to complete a B.A. in English, an M.Div. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature, an M.A. in English literature, and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion. She taught writing and literature at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for fifteen years, and now spends most of her time writing in her restored chicken shed and running her four companies (Well-Trained Mind Press, Well-Trained Mind Academy, Historic Peace Hill Farm, and Rude Horse Productions).
Susan and her husband, Peter, educated their four children (now ranging from eighteen to 28) at home. For fun, Susan trains draft horses, raises sheep, reads, and cooks.