Suzanne Kahn

Field: American
Advisor: Alice Kessler-Harris
Year: 2009

Suzanne Kahn is a Ph.D. candidate in the U.S. History at Columbia University. She works at the intersection of legal history, women’s history, and American Political Development. Her dissertation, “Divorce and the Politics of the American Social Welfare Regime, 1969-2001,” examines how rising divorce rates shaped the politics and policies around women’s access to economic resources.

Suzanne’s research has been supported by fellowships from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For the academic year 2014-2015, she holds a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Suzanne received her B.A. with honors in history from Yale University in 2007. Before graduate school she worked on the Service Employees International Union’s campaign for health care reform.