Interested in researching American Studies abroad? In this episode of USSO’s Career Stories, we heard about the fascinating research career of Dr Suzanne Enzerink, a Dutch researcher in American Studies who completed her PhD at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and worked in the U.S., Lebanon, and now Switzerland, at the University of St. Gallen. Along the way, we heard about how Dr Enzerink balanced life and work across three continents and used the lessons built over this unique career in her decolonizing, antiracist, feminist, and student-centred teaching. We also heard about Dr Enzerink’s time at the American University of Beirut, learning more about how recognising American Studies’ international variety provides a force for “transnational solidarity against imperialism, racism, xenophobia, and social inequality”.
Suzanne Enzerink is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of St. Gallen, where she works on “transnational cinema, global media streams, and the subversive potential of race and sexuality within U.S. cultural productions”. Suzanne was born and raised in the Netherlands, earning a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Groningen before receiving a PhD in American Studies from Brown University in 2019. Suzanne then worked as an assistant professor at the American University of Beirut before joining the University of St. Gallen for the 2022-2023 academic year. To find out more about Suzanne’s career, please visit: suzanneenzerink.com/about. Suzanne also wrote about her time teaching in Beirut for the LA Review of Books: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/teaching-american-studies-in-the-middle-east/