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Susan Ashley


Susan Ashley teaches nineteenth and twentieth century European history, with an emphasis on intellectual and social history.  Her courses include: Civilization in the West; The Mediterranean; European Intellectual History; Twentieth Century Europe; The French Revolution; Topics in History: Nature and Society; Crime and Punishment; and The History of Memory.

Professor Ashley arrived at CC in 1970 after graduating from Carleton College and earning a M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She also holds a Certificate from the European Institute of Columbia U.  Susan chaired the History Department at CC twice, and has been Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty since 2004. She has also served as the Academic Director of the ACM Florence and London-Florence programs and as the President of the Western Society for French History.

In addition to her many articles and conference papers, Susan published chapters in the books Seeking Real Truths: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Machiavelli and The Human Tradition in Modern France. She also authored Making Liberalism Work: The Italian Experience, 1860-1914.  Her current research is focused on conceptions of marginality in late 19th and early 20th century Europe. 


  • HY104 – Culture, Society & History