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Professor Susan Carruthers

Susan Carruthers Office:
Office Hours:

H307, third floor of the Humanities Building
024 7652 3487 (x23487)
Thursday 12-1pm; Friday 11am-12pm

Please note that these office hours are held

in weeks 1-5 and 7-10 of terms 1 and 2.

I'm available at other times by appointment.


Academic Profile

  • 2017 onwards: Professor in American Studies, 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



Susan Carruthers' work focuses on representations of war and the ways in which individuals, and societies more broadly, make sense of conflict and its aftermath. She is the author of several books, including The Good Occupation, The Media at War, Cold War Captives and Winning Hearts and Minds. Her expertise in the media and war, cold war culture, and colonial counterinsurgency spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Selected Publications


  • The Good Occupation: Americans Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace (Harvard University Press; November 2016), 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