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Professor Susan Carruthers

Office Hours:


Room 3.76, third floor, Faculty of Arts Building
024 7652 3487 (x23487)

Tues 12-1pm; Thurs 12.30-1.30pm

Please email me to arrange appointments during my office hours or at other mutually convenient times


Academic Profile

  • 2017 onwards: Professor of US/International History, University of Warwick
  • 2002-2017: Associate Professor/Professor of History, Rutgers University-Newark
  • 2015: Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center, Princeton University
  • 2010-11: Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • 2006-7: Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
  • 1993-2002: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


  • HI3H6 Postwar: Aftermaths of World War II (UG final-year Special Subject module)
  • HI2C9-15 War, Sex and Gender in the United States: From Civil War to World War II (UG second year optional module)
  • HI2C6-14 Sex and the US Military: From Cold War to the "War on Terror" (UG second year optional module)
  • HI111 History of the United States (UG 1st year team taught module)


Susan Carruthers is a historian of the United States in a global perspective. Much of her work focuses on war and the ways in which individuals, and societies more broadly, have made sense of conflict and its aftermath. She is the author of several books, including The Good Occupation (Harvard UP, 2016), The Media at War (Palgrave 2011 and 2000), Cold War Captives (California UP, 2009) and Winning Hearts and Minds (Leicester UP, 1995), as well as numerous essays in journals such as American Quarterly, Diplomatic History and the Journal of American History. Her latest book, published by Cambridge University Press in January 2022, explores romantic intimacy in the US military, focused on the 'Dear John' letter. Susan's research concentrates on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but her teaching interests encompass American history from the inception of the United States. She also has expertise in postwar British imperial history and decolonization.

Selected Publications


  • Dear John: Love and Loyalty in Wartime America (Cambridge University Press, 2022)
  • The Good Occupation: Americans Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace (Harvard University Press; November 2016: Japanese translation 2019), 386pp; shortlisted for the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize
  • The Media at War (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011) 336pp [2nd edition]
  • The Media At War: Communication and Conflict in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2000; Chinese language edition, Xinhua Publishing House, Beijing, 2002), 321pp
  • Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing (University of California Press, 2009), 346pp
  • Winning Hearts and Minds: British Governments, the Media and Colonial Counter-Insurgency 1944-60 (Leicester University Press, 1995), 307pp

Edited Volumes

  • With Ian Stewart, War, Culture and the Media: Representations of the Military in 20th Century Britain (Flicks Books, 1996), 202pp