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Susannah Ottaway

Susannah Ottaway ’89

Education & Professional History

Carleton College, BA; Brown University, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 1998.

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages


Since 1998. Carleton College, B.A., Brown, M.A., Ph.D. Early Modern European social, cultural & intellectual history. Comparative popular culture of Continental & British history & history of Anglo-Irish-Scottish relations in pre-modern period. Research focus on family history of 18th c. England, history of aging.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Carleton College B.A. (History); Brown University M.A., Ph.D. (History)

Public Works

Co-Director of Public Works Initiative

Community engagement has played a major role in my work as a historian, and I believe in the profound impact that public humanities work can have on communities.

Many of my most rewarding teaching experiences have involved civic engagement projects, including a long-term collaboration with the Northfield Middle School and Northfield Historical Society in the SCOPE program, and recurrent projects with a number of wonderful teachers in K-12 education in the Northfield Public Schools. I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Humanities Center, where I have been a co-director and member of the scholarship team to support their "Echoes of War" program.

My research on the history of old age and social welfare comes directly from my experience in an "Adopt-a-Grandparent" program when I was an undergraduate at Carleton, and my work at Goodwill Industries' Opportunities for Older Adults program. My current research project involves a substantial collaboration with the curator of a Workhouse Museum in Norfolk, England, where, with my colleague Austin Mason and a team of undergraduate research students, we have sought to use digital technology to recreate the experience of institutional life in the eighteenth century.

Profile updated January 26, 2016

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