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Susan Graham
About Susan Graham
4700 Townes Road
Edina, MN 55424

Dr. Graham is a Senior Associate with Rushford & Associates, a training and consulting company in Denver, Colorado. She has worked as a professor and teaching assistant for the past ten years, most recently as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. Susan designed and taught a variety of courses for the History Department at St. Catherine’s, creating and facilitating small group modules, lectures, whole class discussions and evaluations. Prior to her work at St. Catherine’s, Susan also taught at the University of Minnesota and the Blake School.

Her passion for education is evident from the comments made by past students:

“Dr. Graham builds collaborative relationships in the classroom through teamwork exercises”

“Dr. Graham is a very knowledgeable and passionate teacher. She keeps class interesting and exciting and is always open to discussion. She is also very organized.”

“I like how Dr. Graham tells stories, everything related really well.”

Susan has worked as an Appeals Officer for the US Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (now part of the Department of Homeland Security) where she adjudicated applications for legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. She also served as the Country Desk Assistant for INS.

She has presented workshops to the Organization of American Historians, the Social Science History Association, the American Studies Association, the Rhode Historical Society and Brown University, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

She is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design through the University of Wisconsin. Professor of History, Women’s Studies and Critical studies at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Public Service

  • Soccer Coach for The Blake School Fall 2009
  • Coached seventh and eighth grade girls soccer team. Hennepin County Library Jan. 2006 - present - Committee Member: Marketing and organization for the Pen Pals Lecture Series
  • Carolyn Foundation Fall 2007-Spring 2008 - Distribuution Committee member: Reviewed grant proposals in a variety of areas from nonprofits in Minneapolis and New Haven, CT, went on site visits, and helped determine grant allocations.
  • Community Capital Alliance Fall 2000 - Spring 2001- Committee Member: Oversaw disbursement of grants to a varietyy of nonprofits, attended site visits and considered grant proposals
  • Board Member: Event to benefit of the Boys and Girls Club of America and Crisis Nursery. St. David’s Center for Family and Child Development Spring 1995
  • Event Coordinator: Organized St. David’s largest fundraising event, overseeing a twelve person volunteer committee as well as procuring silent auction items and venue. Minnesota International Health Volunteers May1994 - Feb.1996


  • Graduate Certificate, Instructional Design, University of Wisconsin, Anticipated completion: August 2010. The Instructional design certificate program utilized adult learning theory in creating and implementing curriculum.
  • Ph.D., United States History, University of Minnesota Major area within the field, United States gender studies with a minor in comparative women’s studies focusing on Europe and Latin America. Minor field, English Literature, May 2006.
  • M.A., Latin American History, Columbia University, December 1991.
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Northwestern University, June 1990. Dissertation Topic: “Call Me a Female Politician, I Glory in the Name!”: Women Dorrites and Rhode Island’s 1842 Suffrage Crisis. A study of female contributions to the fight for universal white male suffrage in Rhode Island’s 1842 suffrage crisis.

Pedagogical Training

  • Advanced Creative Training Techniques, Train-the-Trainer Certification Program, University of Minnesota Continuing Education. November 2009 (Train-the Trainer coursework at the University of MN was in partnership with The Bob Pike Group and focused on interactive learning techniques.)
  • Preparing Future Faculty Seminar at the University of Minnesota. Fall 2004 Teaching Enrichment Series in the Center for Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Minnesota. August 2001


  • “A warm Politician and devotedly attached to the Democratic Party: Catharine Read Williams, Politics, and Literature in Antebellum America,” Journal of the Early Republic, Anticipated publication date Spring, 2010.


  • Peterson Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, Summer 2005

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