Dr Susannah Hopson is a research assistant for the University cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment and Peoples in America, 1607-1890.
She is a historian of the Native American experience in the 19th century American West, including the history of violence and memory in this region as well as the Civil War in the American West. Dr Susannah Hopson completed her PhD in history entitled: “The Cultural Specificity of Memory and Commemoration: The Bear River Massacre (1863) and The Sand Creek Massacre (1864)” in 2017 and was examined by Professor Laura Peers of Oxford University. Her dissertation examined the collective remembrance of two massacre sites: Bear River in present day Southeastern Idaho where approximately 250 Northwestern Shoshoni lost their lives and Sand Creek in Southeastern Colorado where approximately 160-200 Cheyenne and Arapaho died. The archival and ethnographic research for the project was carried out in Colorado and Utah, with support from the Marcus Cunliffe Award from the British Association of American Studies in 2014.