Susan Hanssen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, History

Susan HanssenOffice: Braniff 204
Phone: 972-265-5728
Email: shanssen@udallas.edu

Susan Hanssen received her graduate degree in history from Rice University in Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Boston University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). During the summer of 2008 she was adjunct professor for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation at Georgetown University. She was the 2010-2011 Garwood Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Recent Courses

  • HIS 1311 American Civilization I
  • HIS 1311 American Civilization II
  • HIS 2302 Western Civilization II
  • HIS 3320 The British Empire
  • HIS 3349 Women in American History
  • HIS 3350 The American South

Representative Publications

"Complementarity:  Lessons from the Adams Family," The Witherspoon Institute (August 24, 2015)

"Complementarity:  Lessons from Little House in the Big Woods," The Witherspoon Institute (January 23, 2015)

"Religion:  A Public or a Private Right?," The Witherspoon Institute, (April 17, 2013) 

"'Shall We Go to Rome?'The Last Days of Henry Adams," The New England Quarterly, March 2013, Vol. 86, No. 1: 528

"The University Stands in loco parentis," in Lee Trepanier ed., The Liberal Arts in America (Cedar City, UT: Southern Utah University Press and Grace A. Tanner Center Press, 2012).

"Eccentric Education: The American Way," in Bradley C. S. Watson ed., The Idea of the American University (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011).

"Dumb Ox at the Crossroads of English Catholicism: G. K. Chesterton, Newman, and Pascendi," Renascence Quarterly, vol. LXII, no. 1, (Fall 2009).

"'English in Spirit': G. K. Chesterton and the Debate over Church and State in the 1906 Education Act," The Catholic Social Science Review (2007).

"Thinking Chesterton Thinking Newman: English Catholic Revival and the praeambula fidei," Faith and Reason 31:4 (2006).

"G. K. Chesterton and British National Identity in World War I," in Human Traditions in Modern Britain, edited by Caroline Litzenberger and Eileen Groth Lyon, (Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

"The Wildness of Domesticity: G. K. Chesterton and the Way Home," in Il Ritorno a Casa, edited by Rafael Jimnez Catao (Roma: Editione Universit della Santa Croce, 2006).

"Robert Browning," "Cecil Chesterton," "Christopher Dawson," "Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, " "C.F.G.  Masterman," and "John Henry Newman," in Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, edited by Roy P. Domenic and Mark Y. Hanley (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006).

"Chesterton's Reputation as a Roman Catholic Convert in the Twentieth Century," The Chesterton Review, Vol. XXXI, Nos. 1&2 (Spring/Summer, 2005).

News

Our Kids at Heart: The Evangelizing Power of Catholic Education

"You bring me a letter of acceptance to a Catholic school for your child, and I promise your child will attend Catholic school." This is the promise Father Mark Hamlet, BA '68 MBA '70, makes to his congregation at every Mass. The pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Austin, Hamlet has spent much of his ministry advocating for Catholic school education through his nonprofit foundation, Our Kids at Heart.

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Junior Computer Science Major Interns at Google

This past summer, Yeabkal Wubshit, BA '20, earned the internship that every computer science major dreams of: a position at Google -- and spent the summer working on infrastructures for Google Service Accounts at Google's office in Sunnyvale, California.

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Distinguished Alumni Excel in Human Endeavor

The University of Dallas will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of four alumni with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Award recipients Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, MTS '00, Laura Felis Quinn, BS '86 MBA '18, Judy Kelly, BA '63, and John Parker, BA '83 MBA '89, will be honored for their contributions to their professions, communities and the University of Dallas.

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