Susan M. Gauss

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Stony Brook University
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., Middlebury College

145E Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5345
Fax: (518) 442-5301


Undergraduate Courses:

Crime and Violence in Latin America
Gender and Class in Latin American Development
History of Mexico, Central America and the West Indies Since 1810
History of Modern Mexico
History of South America since 1810
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Survey of Colonial and Modern Latin America
The World in the Twentieth Century (both regular and honors sections)

Graduate Courses:

Gender and Class in Latin American development
Gender and Globalization
Revolution in Latin America
State and Society in Latin America

Current Research Interests:

Susan Gauss researches and teaches about nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American history, with a focus on state formation, nation-building, and development in Mexico.  As a scholar of social and political history, she explores the history of industry, commodities, consumption, labor, and gender.  Her first book, Made in Mexico: Regions, Nation, and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism (Penn State University Press, 2010), examines the emergence of state-led industrialization in mid-twentieth century Mexico. Currently she is working on a new book that examines the history of Mexican beer from the mid-19th century to the present.  Her courses and seminars focus on modern Latin America, especially Mexico and South America.  She also teaches widely on comparative state-society relations and public policy; on global commodities and consumption; on gender in a global context; on revolutions and social movements in Latin America; and on the U.S. in Latin America.

Most Recent Publication:

Made in Mexico: Regions, Nation and the State in the Rise of Mexican Industrialism, 1920s-1940s (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010)

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Full Curriculum Vitae