Dr Susannah Hopson

Research Fellow

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Dr Susannah Hopson is a historian of the Native American experience in the 19th century American West, including the history of violence and memory, as well as the Civil War.

She is a research assistant for the University cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment and Peoples in America, 1607-1890.

Her PhD, The Cultural Specificity of Memory and Commemoration: The Bear River Massacre (1863) and The Sand Creek Massacre (1864), was completed in 2017.

Dr Susannah Hopson's dissertation examined the collective remembrance of two massacre sites, Bear River in present day Idaho where approximately 250 Northwestern Shoshoni lost their lives and Sand Creek in Colorado where approximately 160-200 Cheyenne and Arapah died.



Research Interests

  • American Indian treaties and the law
  • Bear River Massacre of 1863
  • Sand Creek Massacre of 1864
  • Native American History
  • The American Civil War

Research groups

  • British Association of American Studies
  • Treatied Spaces: Environment and Peoples in America, 1607-1890.


‘”Pursue, Kill and Destroy Them”: Governor John Evans and the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864’. In preparation for the Journal of American Studies.

Hopson, S (2015) 'The Bear River Massacre: Multiple Memories and Cultural Contradictions', U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing

Hopson, S. (2014) 'A Report from Susannah Hopson: BAAS Marcus Cunliffe Prize Recipient 2014', American Studies in Britain (Travel Report)

Hopson, S. (2014) 'America's Bloody Past: Massacre, Memory and Native American History', U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing:

Hopson, S. (2015) 'Religious Sovereignty and the Ghost Dance in Native American Fiction', in: ed. Deborah Madsen, The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature, Routledge


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons, 1st class, American Studies, University of Wales, Swansea (2010)
  • MA English Literature, University of Lincoln (2011)
  • PhD American History, University of Hull (2017)

Awards and accolades

  • University of Hull PhD scholarship (2013)
  • The 2014 Marcus Cunliffe Award from the British Association of American Studies
  • The Hull Award for Entrepreneurship (2014)