Faculty Profile

Susan Cahn

Susan Cahn

Professor
History
cahn@buffalo.edu

Education:

  • PhD, U.S. History, University of Minnesota, 1990

Professional experience:

  • Professor, History, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Most importantly, being there for students in a way that is beneficial to them. It means listening, talking openly, respecting each other's limits, giving advice but not forcing it. It means sharing my academic, institutional and personal knowledge, and my willingness to tackle hard problems, not necessarily having the answers, but being willing to be there for students to work out answers for themselves.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.

Susan adds: I do not have personal experience with this kind of discrimination but am committed to ending it.

  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for other loved ones.

Academic Culture

  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.