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  • Biographical Description

  • Susan Schulten is Distinguished University Professor of history at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of A History of America in 100 Maps, published by the University of Chicago Press and the British Library Press. She is also the author of Mapping the Nation: history and cartography in nineteenth-century America (2012) and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950, both with the University of Chicago Press, and a co-editor of Constructing the American Past: A Sourcebook of a People's History (2018), with Oxford University Press. Her newest book is Emma Willard: Maps of History (2022).

    Professor Schulten received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches courses on Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction, America at the turn of the century, the history of American ideas and culture, the Great Depression, the Cold War, war and the presidency, and the methods and philosophy of history. 

    In 2010 she was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; in 2013 the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association awarded Mapping the Nation the Norris Hundley Prize for the most distinguished work of history published in 2012 written by a scholar living in the American and Canadian west. In 2017 she was awarded a Public Scholar Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of a series of 19 articles for the New York Times "Disunion" series, which commemorated the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and shorter series on the relationship of maps and history for The New Republic. She also serves as history editor for the award winning longform podcast, Lost Highways.

  • Recent Books and Articles

  • A History of America in 100 Maps

    A new book narrating the history of America through its most fascinating maps.

  • Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

    Winner of the 2013 AHA-PCB Hundley Award for distinguished work of history.

  • Constructing the American Past: A Sourcebook of a People's History

    A two-volume history of America, organized through primary sources.

  • Emma Willard: Maps of History

    The first book-length study of Emma Willard's maps and graphics.

  • "Make the Map All White"

    Article examining the visual and racial strategies behind the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Amendments.

  • Map Drawing and Graphic Literacy in the Early Republic

    An article exploring the elaborate maps made by children after the Revolution.

  • The Civil War and the Origins of the Colorado Territory.pdf

    Winner of the 2013 Winther Award for from the Western Historical Quarterly.

  • The Cartography of Slavery and the Authority of Statistics.pdf

  • Mapping Movement

    An online exhibit and essay examining the rise of federal and state mapping of American life.

  • The Crooked Path to the Nineteenth Amendment

     A New York Times editorial reflecting on the women's suffrage movement.

  • New York Times Disunion Series
    A series of brief articles on the geography of the Civil War.
  • A series on maps and history for The New Republic.

  • How to See Colorado.pdf

  • Obama, Lincoln, and Dewey.pdf

  • Get Lost: on environmental and intellectual history.pdf

  • Emma Willard and the Graphic Foundations of American History.pdf

  • On the history of infographics

    Two articles for Fast Company on graphic visualization in American history. 

  • Red States/Blue States

    An article for Intelligent Life/The Economist on the origin of political mapping.

  • Research

  • Mapping the Nation

    Some of my current research on the history of mapping.

  • Curriculum Vitae

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  • Talks, interviews, podcasts and reviews

  • Podcast on the Nineteenth Amendment

    An interview on the complicated path to woman's suffrage.

  • The Economist

    A review of A History of America in 100 Maps, named among the best books of 2018.

  • History Hit podcast

    A discussion with Dan Snow of History Hit about A History of America in 100 Maps.

  • Utah Public Radio

    An in-depth discussion of A History of America in 100 Maps.

  • Maps by children in early America

    A lecture given at the University of Michigan exploring the exquisite maps drawn by young girls and boys as part of their education in the the early United States.

  • Lecture on the secession crisis of 1860-1861

    A lecture for C-SPAN on the crisis that led to the Civil War.

  • Interview on Colorado Public Radio

    An interview for Colorado Public Radio to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Colorado Territory.

  • Interview with BackStory with the American History Guys

    An interview with Ed Ayers on mapping slavery in the Civil War.

  • DU Sesquicentennial

    A public lecture to commemorate the origins of the Colorado Territory and the University of Denver, delivered February 2014.

  • Map exhibit on Colorado history

    A brief discussion of the history of Colorado, through maps!

  • PBS program on the University of Denver

    Rocky Mountain PBS documentary on the history of the University.

  • Podcast conversation

    A podcast interview for "New Books in Geography" on Mapping the Nation.


This portfolio last updated: 28-Oct-2022 11:53 AM