Susan Brewer

Susan Brewer

Title: Professor
Office: CCC 471
Phone: (715) 346-2336
Fax: (715) 346-4489

Education

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., London School of Economics and Political Science
B.A., Allegheny College

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Specialty

American Foreign Relations

Biography

Susan A. Brewer served as professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1990-2015. She taught American history and specialized in the history of U.S. Foreign Relations. She received her Ph.D. in American History from Cornell University. She is the author of Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq (2009) and To Win the Peace: British Propaganda in the United States during World War II (1997). Although she misses students, colleagues, and friends at UWSP, she happily has moved to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. She is currently at work on a book about land and identity on Oneida Indian territory in New York State. In addition, she continues her study of American war propaganda with a project about the troops, history, and memory. She may be contacted at sbrewer@uwsp.edu.

Select Publications

  • Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • To Win the Peace: British Propaganda in the United States during World War II. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • "Crusaders vs. Barbarians: American Propaganda during World War I," in “Huns” vs. “Corned Beef”: Representations of the Other in American and German Literature and Film on World War I. Thomas F. Schneider and Hans Wagener, editors. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2007. Pages 27-57.
  • “‘As Far as We Can’: Culture and U.S. Foreign Relations” in Blackwell’s Companion to the History of U.S. Foreign Relations. Robert Schulzinger, editor. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, July 2003. Pages 15-30.
  • “Propaganda” in The Oxford Companion to U.S. History. Paul S. Boyer, editor in chief. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Sweet Dreams: An American POW Longs for Home 

Recent Presentations

  • "Why America Fights," presented at the international conference, "Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and War in the Modern Age," University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, July 2008.
  • “Crusaders vs. Barbarians: American Propaganda during World War I,” invited lecture at an international and interdisciplinary conference, “Huns vs. Corned Beef: Representations of the Other in American and German Literature and Film on World War I,” University of California, Los Angeles, October 2006.
  • “‘Don’t Fence Me In’: Selling Internationalism to the American Public in World War II,” presented at the annual conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, University of Kansas, Lawrence, June 2006.
  • “The Demise of the West/The Rise of the Western: Propaganda and the War in Iraq,” presented at the Culture and International History III Conference, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, December 2005.
  • "'People Need To Be Told Again And Again Why We Are There': Explaining U.S. War Aims in Vietnam," presented at the American Historical Association, Pacific Branch Conference, Vancouver Canada, August 2001. 

Producer

  • The Progressive Legacy: Wisconsin Politics and Society since 1945. Twelve-Part video series. 1995. 

Professional Affiliations

  •  American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • Society for Historians of Foreign Relations (SHAFR)


Scholarship




To Win the Peace: British Propaganda in the United States during World War II
Cornell University Press, 1997.
By Susan Brewer, Ph.D.







 




Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq
Oxford University Press, 2009.
By Susan Brewer, Ph.D.


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