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Susan Strasser

Susan Strasser

Susan Strasser, a historian of American consumer culture, has been praised by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life.” Her books include Never Done: A History of American Housework (1982), which won the Sierra Prize of the Western Association of Women Historians; Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market (1989); and Waste and Want:  A Social History of Trash (1999), winner of the Abel Wolman Award from the Public Works Historical Society.  She studied at Reed College and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has taught at The Evergreen State College, Princeton University, George Washington University, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.  Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, the German Historical Institute, the Harvard Business School, the American Council of Learned Societies, Radcliffe College’s Bunting Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Cultures of Consumption Programme, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently working on A Historical Herbal, an account of the commerce and culture of medicinal herbs. During Spring, 2011, she will be teaching as a senior Fulbright scholar at the JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin.

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