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Susan Douglass

Specialist Professor

History and Anthropology
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Susan Douglass

Professor Douglass teaches courses on Oral History, the Holocaust, and the Vietnam Era. In the fall of 2005 her students conducted interviews with the Italian American community of New Jersey for their class project, WW II at Home and Abroad-Case Study, the Italian American Community of New Jersey. These interviews will be archived at the Monmouth University Library and the cultural center of the Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean (IAATO). In conjunction with this project, Professor Douglass arranged for the museum exhibit, “Una Storia Segreta—When Italian Americans Were Enemy Aliens,” to be on exhibit last November at the Monmouth University Library. The first oral history project Professor Douglass’ students worked on—interviews with members of the destroyer Escort Service, Garden State Chapter—is available onsite and online at the Monmouth University Library and the Naval Historical Foundation in Washington, D.C.


M.A., City University of New York

Research Interests

Oral History Interviews of wives of Vietnam Vets – examination of changes in relationship of wives to their spouses pre and post war experiences. This research will combine oral history studies with a reflection on the social scene in the United States. It will also take into consideration the universality of the effect of the war on soldier’s wives by comparison to Homers’ heroine, Penelope.


Scholarly Articles

“Oral History – the Catalyst to Revealing an Unknown Chapter in American History,” paper presented at the Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR), Thirtieth Anniversary Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 2006.”Oral History Project Records WWII for Italian Americans,” Italian Tribune, May 26, 2005.”Oral History offers Glimpse into Past for New Jersey Youth” (with Shelia Baldwin), OHA Newsletter, 38/1 (Spring 2004).”Oral History is Alive and Well at Monmouth University,” ALL EARS, Naval Historical Foundation Newsletter, 6/4 (September 2003).”From Digital Dark Ages to a Digital Renaissance,” History Matters, February, 2000, Volume 12, Number 6.

Additional Information


Destroyer Escort Sailors Association,
Naval Historical Foundation,
Vietnam Era Educational Center,