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Susan L Eastman, PhD

Susan L Eastman, PhD

Assistant Professor of English

Lorberbaum Liberal Arts
Room 212
650 College Dr. Dalton, GA 30720

Office Hours

Office hours are posted on my office door and listed on course syllabi.



PhD University of Tennessee

MA University of Tennessee

BA Berea College


I am originally from a very small town in New Hampshire, was raised off-the-grid, and attended a two-room schoolhouse. However, I’ve been in the south for over twenty years and have happily made Chattanooga my home.  Dalton State is an extension of that home wherein I serve as Co-Advisor of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

I have a broad range of teaching interests and some of my favorites include cultural studies, graphic novels, film, multiethnic literatures and American literature. Socratic class discussions and making connections between literature and the world in which we live rest at the center of my approach to teaching and learning.

My research and service emphasize public memory, representations of trauma and war in literature, films, and memorials, in addition to giving back to military veterans. I recently published a book, The American War in Viet Nam: Cultural Memory at the Turn of the Century, wherein I analyze veteran, civilian, American, Vietnamese, Vietnamese American, and Philippine memorial, literary and cinematic representations of the war produced at the turn-to-the-twenty-first-century.


Select Accomplishments and Publications

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. “American Veterans in Society: Ambiguities and Representations.” Virginia Tech, 2016.

The American War in Viet Nam: Cultural Memories at the Turn of the Century.  University of Tennessee Press, 2017.

“'The War Prayer' in Contemporary Film and Social Media.” The Mark Twain Annual, 2016.         

“Randall Wallace’s We Were Soldiers: Forgetting the American War in Viet Nam.” The Martial Imagination: Essays on the Cultural History of American Warfare. Ed. Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. Texas A&M University Press, 2013. 201-218.

“Aesthetic Limbo: Memory Making at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.” Ed. Mark Heberle. Thirty Years After: New Essays on Vietnam War Literature, Film, and Art. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009. 342-353.