She holds a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in English and a Ph.D. in American Studies from The College of William and Mary. She received her B.A. from Liberty University. She has been a member of the English faculty at William and Mary since 1993.
Susan Wise Bauer is also a contributing editor for the journal Books & Culture. Her essays on literature and American religion have been cited by such diverse authors as Randall Balmer  and Jennifer Harris, and have also appeared in a number of anthologies.
Her works have been translated and published in Korea by Theory & Praxis and Goldenbough/Minums; in the Netherlands by Uitgeverij Mozaiek (Zoetermeer); in Spain by Paidos; in China by Peking University Press; in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo; in Russia by AST Publishing Group; in Serbian by Laguna and in Bulgaria by Prozorets.
Additionally, Bauer homeschools four children and writes children's books. She lives on a family farm in Charles City, Virginia. She offers positive perspectives towards religion and homeschooling in some of her work.
- Bauer, Susan Wise (2009). The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06708-8.
- Bauer, Susan Wise (2003). The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05094-7.
- Bauer, Susan Wise (2007). The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-05974-8.
- Bauer, Susan Wise (2010). The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-05975-5.
- Bauer, Susan Wise (2013). The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-05976-2.
- Bauer, Susan Wise (2015). The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-24326-0.
- "Protestantism in America," by Randall Balmer (Columbia University Press, 2002), p. 163
- "The Oprah Phenomenon," ed. Jennifer Harris (University of Kentucky Press, 2007), p. 195.
- "Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology," ed. Richard J. Mouw and Mark A. Noll (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004), pp. 205-233; "The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing," by Leland Ryken (Shaw, rev. and exp. ed., 2002), p. 229-312; "Racism: Current Controversies," ed. Mary E. Williams (Greenhaven Press/The Gale Group, 2004), pp. 146-155); "The Best Christian Writing 2000," ed. John Wilson (HarperSanFrancisco, 2000), pp. 46-59.
- Administration - Well-Trained Mind Academy Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- Olasky, Marvin. "Writers on Writing. Part two: Writing with children". WORLD Magazine. July 3, 2010: 57, 59.