Susan Dabney Pennybacker

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Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History

507 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919.962.2925 (phone)


BA Columbia University, 1976
MA University of Pennsylvania, 1977
PhD University of Cambridge, 1984

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Susan Dabney Pennybacker’s research centers upon the political culture of modern Britain and the former British empire. Her book-in-progress, entitled Fire By Night, Cloud by Day: refuge and exile in postwar London, concerns the movement of individuals between metropolitan London and South Africa, Trinidad, India, and Europe between 1945 and 1994. Pennybacker presently works in archives in the UK, New Delhi, Port of Spain, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Her work also involves ethnographic study through oral history interviews, and she has a keen interest in visual media sources, especially documentary photography and film. Pennybacker is a founding member of the Research Triangle’s annual Carolina Seminar series, Global British History and President of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), 2015-17.

Some Notable Publications

Graduate Students Advised by Susan Pennybacker

Senior Honors Thesis Students Advised by Susan Pennybacker

  • Augusta Dell’Omo

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 164—The History of Britain in the 19th Century
  • HIST 165—The History of Britain in the 20th Century
  • HIST 398—Modern London: The Imperial Metropolis
  • HIST 490 (Honors)—Topics in British Imperial History, 1715–Present
  • HIST 722—Contemporary Global History
  • HIST 771—Topics in Modern European History
  • HIST 775—Studies in Modern English History
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