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Susan Strasser will be teaching as a senior Fulbright scholar at the Department of History for
the summer term 2011. She is a historian of American consumer culture and has been praised
by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of
everyday life.” Susan Strasser graduated from Reed College and holds a Master’s and Ph.D.
degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Currently, she is a professor in
the Department of History of the University of Delaware and Senior Resident Scholar at the
Hagley Museum and Library's Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society.
Further, she has taught at The Evergreen State College, Princeton University, George
Washington University, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts,
Design, and Culture. She has received numerous fellowships e.g. from the Rockefeller and
Guggenheim foundations, the German Historical Institute, the Harvard Business School, the
Smithsonian Institution, and the University of London. Her research includes Never Done: A
History of American Housework (1982), which won the Sierra Prize of the Western
Association of Women Historians, Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American
Mass Market (1989), and Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash (1999), winner of the
Abel Wolman Award from the Public Works Historical Society. She is currently working on A
Historical Herbal, an account of the commerce and culture of medicinal herbs.
COURSES TAUGHT AT THE JOHN-F.-KENNEDY INSTITUTE:
Summer Semester 2011 (Verlinkung zum KVV): http://myvv.fu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis/ss11/013001001001001001.html
32 404 - AS -
Environmental History of North America
32 413 - HS -
American Consumer History