Profile: Susan Carruthers


Department of History, Graduate Program in American Studies

Research Interests: International History


  • Courses Taught

    Seminar: Research

    History of US Foreign Relations: from World War One to the War on Terror

    Senior Seminar in History History

    American Diplomatic History: The United States and Empire

  • Education

    Ph.D., Leeds, 1994.

  • Publications


    The Media at War (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, March 2011) 336pp [completely rewritten, updated and illustrated edition]
    Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing (University of California Press, 2009), 346pp
    The Media At War: Communication and Conflict in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2000; Chinese language edition, Xinhua Publishing House, Beijing, 2002), 321pp
    Winning Hearts and Minds: British Governments, the Media and Colonial Counter-Insurgency 1944-60 (Leicester University Press, 1995), 307pp

    Edited book

    With Ian Stewart, War, Culture and the Media (Flicks Books, 1996), 202pp

    Refereed Articles        

    “Between Camps: Eastern Bloc ‘Escapees’ and Cold War Borderlands,” American Quarterly, 57, iii (Fall 2005; special issue on Law and American Borderlands), pp.911-42
    “Bringing It All Back Home: Hollywood Returns to War,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, 13, iv (2003), pp.167-182; reprinted in Thomas R. Mockaitis and Paul B. Rich, Grand Strategy in the War against Terrorism (Frank Cass, 2003), pp.167-82
    “Compulsory Viewing: Concentration Camp Film and German Re-education,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 30, iii (Dec. 2001), pp.733-759
    “Redeeming the Captives: Hollywood and the brainwashing of America’s Prisoners of War in Korea,” Film History, 8, i, (1998), pp.275-94
    “The Manchurian Candidate and the Cold War Brainwashing Scare,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 18, i (March 1998), pp.75-94
    “A Red Under Every Bed? Anti-Communist Propaganda and Britain's Response to Colonial Insurgency,” Contemporary Record, 9, ii (Autumn 1995), pp.294-318
    “Two Faces of 1950s Terrorism: the Film Presentation of Mau Mau and the Malayan Emergency,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, 6, i, (Spring 1995), pp.17-43; reprinted in J. David Slocum (ed.), Terrorism, Media, Liberation (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005), pp.70-93
    “‘Manning the Factories’: Propaganda and Policy on the Employment of Women, 1939-47,” History, 75, 244 (June 1990), pp.232-56

    Commissioned Articles

    “Bodies of Evidence: New Documentaries on Iraq War Veterans,” Cinéaste (Winter 2008), pp.26-31
    “No One’s Looking: The Disappearing Audience for War,” Media, War & Conflict, 1, i (2008), pp.71-77
    “Question Time: The Iraq War Revisited,” Cinéaste (Fall 2007), pp.12-17
    “Say Cheese: Operation Iraqi Freedom on film,” Cinéaste (Winter 2006), pp.30-36
    “Past Future: The Troubled History of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange,” National Forum, (Spring 2001), pp.29-33, special issue on “Film and History” edited by Robert Brent Toplin
    “Plaid Cymru's Party Election Broadcasts,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 17, iv, (Oct. 1997), pp. 469-70

  • Awards

    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, Fellow, Sept. 2010-Aug. 2011
    Harvard University, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Faculty Fellow, “The Cultural Reverberations of Modern War,” 2006-07
    Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Faculty Fellow, “Planetary Perspectives: Approaching World History in an Era of Globalization,” 2005-
    Cambridge University, U.K.
    Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies, June - August 2003
    Visiting fellow, Centre for International Studies, Cambridge University, UK. (June-Aug. 2003).
    Frequent book reviewer for The Times Higher Education Supplement (UK's equivalent to The Chronicle of Higher Education).
    Media appearances on US, UK, and Japanese radio and television.
    Council member, International Organization for Media and History (IAMHIST) since 1999.

  • Expertise

    International History