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Suzanne Sinke

Associate Professor of History

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Office: 
403 Bellamy
Education: 
Ph.D., 1993, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: 
Migration, Gender, U.S. History in Comparative Perspective
Supervisor: 
PhD students: Anna Amundson, Kathaleen Boche, Kent Peacock, Elizabeth Worley MA student: Sarah Patterson

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Suzanne Sinke

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 fiancĂ©e visas in the late twentieth century.  Sinke earned a second Fulbright to teach at the University of Salzburg in spring 2013.  Check out her Fulbright blog, "A Salzburg Sojourn" at takeonthepast.info.