Susan Schulten is professor and chair of the history department at the University of Denver, and 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. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Some of her recent work includes "The Civil War and the Origins of the Colorado Territory," Western Historical Quarterly (2013), which was awarded the annual prize for best article to appear in the journal; "Emma Willard and the Graphic Foundations of American History," Journal of Historical Geography 33 (2007), and "Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and John Dewey," The DU Law Review (2009).
Professor Schulten 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. She also wrote nineteen articles for the New York Times "Disunion" series, which commemorated the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and on the relationship of maps and history for The New Republic.
In 2016 she was awarded a Public Scholar Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities for her current project, which narrates American history through one hundred maps.
For more information see www.mappingthenation.com.
A permanent online exhibit and essay examining the rise of federal and state mapping of American infrastructure and transportation. Includes several rare and beautiful maps.
A series on maps and history for The New Republic.
An article for Fast Company on the transformation of cartography and graphic knowledge.
Some of my current research on the history of mapping.
An interview for Colorado Public Radio to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Colorado Territory.
A lecture for C-SPAN on the crisis that led to the Civil War.
A public lecture to commemorate the origins of the Colorado Territory and the University of Denver, delivered February 2014.
A brief discussion of the history of Colorado, through maps!
Rocky Mountain PBS documentary on the history of the University.
A podcast interview for "New Books in Geography" on Mapping the Nation.