Susan G. Pedersen
Professor and James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum
515 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-2414
Office Hours: Monday 2-4pm
Ph.D. — Harvard University, 1989
M.A. — Harvard University, 1983
B.A. — Radcliffe College, 1982
Interests and Research
Susan Pedersen, Professor and James P. Shenton Professor of the Core Curriculum, specializes in British history, the British empire, comparative European history, and international history. Her book about the League of Nations and its impact on the imperial order, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, appeared from Oxford University Press in summer 2015. For that book, click here.
In 2014, Pedersen founded a graduate training collaboration in Twentieth-Century British history with Guy Ortolano of NYU and Peter Mandler of Cambridge University. Graduate students working in this field participate in regular dissertation workshops and book discussions across all three institutions.
The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire
Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices, Legacies
Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience
After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty in Modern Britain
Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945
Recent Scholarly Articles
“Samoa at Geneva: Petitions and Peoples before the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40: 2 (June 2012), 231-61.
“Getting out of Iraq – in 1932: The League of Nations and the Road to Normative Statehood,” American Historical Review, 115: 4 (Oct. 2010), 975-1000.
“The Impact of League Oversight on British Policy in Palestine,” in Rory Miller, ed., Palestine, Britain and Empire: The Mandate Years (London: Ashgate, 2010), 39-65.
"Metaphors of the Schoolroom: Women Working the Mandates System of the League of Nations," History Workshop Journal 66 (2008), 188-207.
"Back to the League of Nations: Review Essay," American Historical Review, 112: 4 (Oct. 2007), pp. 1091-1117.
"The Meaning of the Mandates System: An Argument," Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 32: 4 (Oct-Dec. 2006), 560-82.
Additional writing in the London Review of Books.
Advisory Boards: Twentieth Century British History, The Historical Journal, The National Archives
Member: American Historical Association, North American Conference on British Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, American Association of University Women Fellow, Royal Historical Society