Fellow: Awarded 2010
Field of Study: U.S. History
Competition: US & Canada
Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Denver, and the author of Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (Chicago, 2012) and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880–1950 (Chicago, 2001). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
The Fellowship supported the final stages of research and writing for Mapping the Nation, which examines new forms of cartography that flourished in nineteenth-century America. She also contributes to the “Disunion” series at the New York Times, which commemorates the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.
Her recent work also includes: “The Cartography of Slavery and the Authority of Statistics,” Civil War History (March 2010); “Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and John Dewey,” University of Denver Law Review, 86(2009); and “Get Lost: on the intersection of intellectual and environmental history,” Modern Intellectual History, vol. 5, no. 1 (2008).
In 2007 she was a member of the advisory board of the Maps exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago, and contributed a chapter to the companion volume, Maps: Finding Our Place in History (Chicago, 2007). She teaches widely in U.S. history, including courses on intellectual and cultural history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Great Depression, the Cold War, American politics and culture, war and the presidency, and the methods and philosophy of history. You can see more of her work here.