Susan Strasser


Phone: (302) 831-2371


Office: 236 Munroe Hall

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421,
  • Specializes in American consumer culture. Researches various aspects of everyday life as history, including housework, technology and garbage.
  • Teaches American environmental history.
  • Currently writing a book on the history of medicinal plants.
  • Author of "Never Done: A History of American Housework," "Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market" and "Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash."
  • Also knowledgeable about women's history, U.S. history since 1865 and business history.

Web Site:

Richards Chaired Professor, History
Professor, History

In The News:
You never know what you'll find in the ground close to home (Berkshire Eagle)
What women can't let go (Real Simple)
How washers and dryers became trophy appliances (Washington Post)
Spring cleaning is based on practices from generations ago (Washington Post)
American scrap (New Yorker)
Walmart, a nation unto itself (New York Times)
A History of Housework (Morning Edition, NPR)

UDaily Articles:
UD's Strasser wins Fulbright appointment in Berlin
Three new named professors appointed in Arts and Sciences

consumerism, women's history, environmental history