Susanne Schmidt
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University
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Susanne Schmidt is a historian in the Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science, where she studies the history of the "midlife crisis" in the United States, 1970-2000. She is a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Kurt Hahn Trust. Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (summer 2016) and Visiting Fellow at the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University (2015-16). Previously predoctoral research fellow (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at Humboldt University Berlin. Undergraduate and graduate studies in Berlin, Cambridge, Paris.

Research interests

History of the social and human sciences
Gender history
History of media, publishing and communication
Intellectual, social, and cultural histories

Selected Publications

"Im Sportwagen durch die Vierziger," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 27 March 2018.
"The anti-feminist reconstruction of the midlife crisis: Popular psychology, journalism and social science in 1970s America," Gender & History 30 (2018), vol. 1. Open access.
"The feminist origins of the midlife crisis," Historical Journal 61 (2018), vol. 2 (forthcoming). Advanced online access, November 2017. Open access as part of the Cambridge University Press Collection for International Women's Day and Women's History Month 2018.
Essay review of Rethinking therapeutic culture, edited by Timothy Aubry und Trysh Travis, and Groovy science: Knowledge, innovation, and American counterculture, edited by David Kaiser and W. Patrick McKay, Isis 108 (2017), vol. 4.
Review of Breaking up time: Negotiating the borders between present, past and future, edited by Chris Lorenz, and Berber Bevernage, Traverse 2016, vol. 3.
Review of American pulp: How paperbacks brought modernism to main street, by Paula Rabinowitz, H-Soz-u-Kult, December 2016.
Review of The prime of life: A history of modern adulthood, by Steven Mintz, H-Soz-u-Kult, January 2016.


Susanne Schmidt
University of Cambridge
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Cambridge CB2 3RH
United Kingdom

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