Suzanne M. Sinke received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Minnesota. Thereafter, she taught at Clemson University, with a brief respite to serve as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Tampere in Finland. She joined the faculty at Florida State University in 2002. As a specialist in migration and gender studies in the U.S. context, she teaches a variety of courses in U.S. and comparative history. She is the author of Dutch Immigrant Women in the United States, 1880-1920 (2002) and co-editor of three additional books, including Letters Across Borders: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants (2006) which showcased her interest in how scholars use letters as sources. Sinke's extensive and growing list of journal articles includes publication venues such as International Migration Review, OAH Magazine, Gender Issues, Journal of American Ethnic History, and Immigrants and Minorities.
The Organization of American Historians promotes Sinke as one of its distinguished lecturers. In recent years she served as co-chair of the AP U.S. History Curriculum Development Advisory Committee, as book review editor for the Journal of American Ethnic History, executive board member and program co-chair for the Social Science History Association, and president of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies. Sinke's recent scholarship and next major project links marriage and international migration across U.S. history from bride ships, male majorities, and anti-miscegenation policies in the colonial era to web-matchmaking, female majorities, and fiancée visas in the late twentieth century. Sinke will be on sabbatical for 2012-2013, working on her project and serving as a Fulbright Professor again, this time at the University of Salzburg. Check out her Fulbright blog, "A Salzburg Sojourn" at takeonthepast.info.