Susan Carruthers was born near the town of Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland. She studied Chinese at Oxford and then International History at the University of Leeds, gaining her PhD in 1994. After working for a year at Kingston University, she taught in the department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1993 to 2002. She moved to the United States in 2002 to take up a position at Rutgers University-Newark, where she taught courses on the history of US foreign relations and other topics closely related to her research. For several years she served as graduate program director in History, and was also affiliated with the graduate programs in American Studies and Global Affairs. Since moving back to England in 2017, she is a professor in American Studies at the University of Warwick.
Over the past decade, Susan has held visiting fellowships at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History (2006-7), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (2010-11) and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University (2015).
To date, Susan has written four books, most recently The Good Occupation (Harvard University Press, 2016). The author of numerous articles in scholarly journals including The Journal of American History, American Quarterly, and Millennium, she is also a frequent reviewer of books and films for publications including The Times Higher Education Supplement and Cineaste. In addition, she has made several contributions to media programs, appearing on Sky TV, BBC Radio 3, and National Public Radio in the United States. In a “bonus extra feature” on the Criterion Collection’s release of The Manchurian Candidate, she explains the historical backdrop to the film’s depiction of brainwashing in the Korean War.