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Suzanne Cooper Guasco , PhD

  • Associate Professor , History Department
  • Robert Haywood Morrison
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Suzanne Cooper Guasco is the Robert Haywood Morrison Associate Professor and has been working at Queens University of Charlotte since 2004.  She teaches courses primarily in 19th-century American history, including courses on the American Revolution, slavery and empire, the Civil War, and antebellum political economy. 

Each year she participates in Queens' interdisciplinary general education program. She has taught in the John Belk International Program, and led a group on a tour of Spain in 2008 and 2010. Similarly, Cooper Guasco has taught a course on Guatemala and was a faculty leader on a spring break trip to that country on multiple occasions.  Most recently, she has been teaching in the Critical Thought Symposium, a year-long program for the University's most gifted third and fourth-year students.

She is the author of the award-winning "Confronting Slavery: Edward Coles and the Rise of Antislavery Politics in Nineteenth-Century America," published by Northern Illinois University Press in March 2013.  This publication was named the Russel P. Strange 2013 Book of the Year by the Illinois State Hisotrical Society and Best Biography by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.  Most recently, Cooper Guasco published an essay on Catherine Edmondston in "North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times," edited by Michele Gillespie and Sally McMillen.  This volume was published by the University of Georgia Press in February 2014.
Her research focuses on the politics of slavery and race in the nineteenth century, early national and antebellum biography, and the development of democratic political culture in America. She is currently working on a cross-generational study of dissent in colonial and nineteenth-century Virginia with her partner, Dr. Michael Guasco (Davidson College).

Dr. Cooper Guasco has also published articles and reviews in several national peer-reviewed journals, including the "Journal of the Early Republic," "Reviews in American History," "Journal of Southern History," "American Nineteenth Century History," and "Civil War History." 


  • PhD  - American History; The College of William and Mary
  • B.A.  - History and Political Science; Rutgers, The State Univeristy of New Jersey


  • Russel P. Strange 2013 Book of the Year 2014 Illinois State Historical Society
  • John T. Hubbell Prize for best article 2001 Civil War History
  • Biography of the Year, 2013 2014 Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • "How Our Laws Are Made" - Best Infographic 2010 Sunlight Labs
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