Susie Steinbach is a Professor of History in the Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts, a faculty affiliate of the Women's Studies department, and the Director of the University Honors Program. She is the 2006 winner of the Conger Prize for outstanding scholar work by a faculty member in the humanities. Her research focuses on gender, theatre, and the law in Victorian Britain. Professor Steinbach has authored two books, Women in England 1790-1914: A Social History (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004) and Understanding the Victorians: Politics, culture and society in nineteenth-century Britain (Routledge, 2012), and edited another, a collection of primary documents on Millicent Garret Fawcett by her Contemporaries (Pickering & Chatto, 2008). She has also written articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries for both academic and general readers. She earned her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and her PhD from Yale University.
Students taking a class with Professor Steinbach never simply memorize names of monarchs or dates of wars; instead, they find themselves challenged to contribute to ongoing historical debates by explaining the significance of events and creating their own arguments about the past.
"I want students to think about what is actually knowable about the past, about why we study history, and about how much historical knowledge is shaped by those who write history. When people see that history is an interpretive discipline, they are empowered to join the conversation as participants and contributors, rather than passive observers."
- Susie Steinbach