Carruthers, Susan

Susan Carruthers arrived at Rutgers-Newark in September 2002, having spent the first nine years of her career in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. While at Rutgers, Susan has received two competitive fellowships, one at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University (2006-07) and more recently at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (2010-11). She has also been a faculty fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historial Analysis (2005-06).

Susan's research centers primarily on conflict and communication. How do states, societies and individuals make sense of war, as it occurs and once it is over? Why are certain forms of violence normalized and others stigmatized? And what roles have changing media technologies played in these meaning-making processes? She has explored these issues in several different historical and contemporary contexts from British colonial counterinsurgencies in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya and Cyprus to the present-day conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The author of four books, Susan's essays and reviews have appeared in a wide array of scholarly and more popular journals and magazines, including American Quarterly, Diplomatic History, International Affairs, the Journal of American History, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and Cineaste, for which she is a contributing writer. She is currently writing a history of the United States as an occupying power.

At Rutgers, Susan teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes which draw closely on her research. These include the undergraduate survey of US Foreign Relations, the History senior seminar, and master's courses on the US & Empire, Cold War Culture, Media and American War Experience, and the Evolution of the Global System.

Susan has served as the Graduate Director in the History Department and Acting Director of American Studies (Spring 2012).


  • Article: “Produce More Joppolos”: John Hersey’s A Bell for Adano and the Making of the “Good Occupation.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 4 (2014).
  • Article: “Simon J. Potter. Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, 1922–1970.” The American Historical Review Vol. 119, no. 2 (2014).
  • Article: “Emperor.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 1 (2013).
  • Article: “The Untold History of the United States.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 3 (2013): 924-929.


Faculty Type: 
Dept of History
English, Welsh, French
United States, Europe
Professor of History
Ph.D., Leeds
Office Location: 
Conklin Hall 318
Areas of Specialization: 
media, propaganda, conflict and war

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