• Biographical Description

  • 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 (2012) and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950, both with the University of Chicago Press. She is also coauthor of Constructing the American Past: A Sourcebook of a People's History (2018), published by Oxford University Press.

    Professor Schulten 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 "Map Drawing, Graphic Liberacy, and Pedagogy in the Early Republic" History of Education Quarterly (2017), "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 a series of articles for the New York Times "Disunion" series, which commemorated the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and a separate series 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



  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Recent Publications

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

    A two-volume history of America, organized through primary sources and designed for college-level instruction.

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

  • Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America
    Book on the history of mapping; winner of the 2013 AHA-PCB Hundley Award for distinguished work of history.
  • Winner of the 2013 Winther Award for best article in the Western Historical Quarterly.
  • Mapping Movement

    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.

  • 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 a Civil War Vet invented the American infographic

    An article for Fast Company on the transformation of cartography and graphic knowledge.

  • Eleven of the Most Influential Infographics of the Nineteenth Century
    An article on the spread of infographics in the nineteenth century.
  • 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.

  • Gallery of talks, interviews, and the like

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Lecture on the secession crisis of 1860-1861

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


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