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Susannah Ottaway ’89

Laird Bell Professor of History, History

Education & Professional History

Carleton College, BA; Brown University, MA, PhD

At Carleton since 1998.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Recent Publications

“Reconsidering Poor Law Institutions by Virtually Constructing and Re-Viewing an Eighteenth-Century Workhouse,” with Austin Mason, The Historical Journal, 64(3), 557-582.


“A very Bad Presidente in the House”: Workhouse Masters, Care and Discipline in the
Eighteenth-Century Workhouse, forthcoming in Journal of Social History (2020).


Recent Grants/Initiatives

Faculty co-director, with Kelly Connole, 4-year, Mellon-funded initiative – Public Works: Arts and Humanities, Connecting Communities

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement grant – contributor to the project “Castle to Classrooms: Developing an Irish Castle in Virtual Reality.”


Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

North American Conference on British Studies.

American Historical Association.

American Friends of the Institute for Historical Research.

Social Science History Association.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    HIST 100: Food and Public Health: Why the Brits Embraced White Bread
    HIST 335: Finding Ireland's Past
  • Winter 2024
    HIST 139: Foundations of Modern Europe
    HIST 200: Historians for Hire
  • Spring 2024
    HIST 200: Historians for Hire
    HIST 243: The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France
    HIST 392: Independent Research
  • Fall 2024
    HIST 100: Food & Public Health
  • Winter 2025
    HIST 245: Ireland: Land, Conflict and Memory
  • Spring 2025
    HIST 251: Japan and Europe: Worlds Apart?
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Curriculum Vitae