Suzanna Reiss

Assistant Professor

U.S. Foreign Relations, 20th Century Americas, African Diaspora, Capitalism


Office: Sakamaki B207
Phone: (808) 956-6768
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BA New York University, 1996; MA University of Toronto, 1998; MA, PhD New York University, 2001, 2005


I am trained as an historian of twentieth century US history and the African Diaspora with a particular emphasis on Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. My research interests include the political-economy of US expansion, the history of capitalism, Cold War and anti-colonial politics, and the history of how ideas about science, race, citizenship, and the coercive power of the state have shaped national and international policing efforts and defined popular notions of “criminality.” I received my MA from the University of Toronto and my PhD from New York University. My current work on international drug control provides perspective on the material and ideological foundations of twentieth century US imperialism. I recently returned from spending a year in residence at Harvard University as a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.


Teaching Fields


I teach undergraduate courses on US Foreign Relations, American Empire, the US in the Pacific, the Cold War, and modern US history, along with graduate seminars on US foreign relations and the historical interplay between capitalism and criminality.


Representative publications:


  • Policing for Profit: US Imperialism and the International Drug Economy (in preparation)
  • "Canadian Multiculturalism: Immigration, Race and the Crisis of National Identity," in Reza Hasmath, editor, Managing Ethnic Diversity: Meanings and Practices from an International Perspective, In Press, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., January 2011
  • Beyond Supply and Demand: Obama’s Drug Wars in Latin America,” NACLA Report on the Americas, January/February 2010: 27-31, 38.
  • “Policing Development: Andean Drug Control & the Expansion of US Capitalism,” Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: an Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Spring 2009): 128-50
  • “‘Sampson Takes Havana’: International Tobacco Cultures and the War of 1898” in Patricia P. Hilden, Shari M. Huhndorf, and Timothy J. Reiss, eds., Topographies of Race and Gender: Mapping Cultural Representations, a special double issue of Annals of Scholarship: Art Practices and the Human Sciences in a Global Culture, Vol. 17.3-18.1 (2007): 136-161