Professor of International Studies and Urban Studies and Planning
PhD in Political Science, University of Hawai'i
Urban Center 370K
Office Hours: Winter '15
Gerry Sussman is professor of international studies and urban studies. He teaches in the areas of U.S. foreign policy and international relations, media, technology, and politics in international settings, democratization, Third World urban development, representations of global cities in film, communications and cities, and Asian political economy. He is the author or editor of six books: The Propaganda Society: Promotional Culture and Politics in Global Context (Peter Lang, 2011), Branding Democracy: U.S. Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe (Peter Lang, 2010); Global Electioneering: Campaign Consulting, Communications, and Corporate Financing (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Global Productions: Labor in the Making of the "Information Society" (Hampton, 1998), Communication, Technology and Politics in the Information Age (Sage, 1997), and Transnational Communications: Wiring the Third World (Sage, 1991).
Professor Gerry Sussman bridges international and urban studies through a joint faculty position with the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and International Studies. He encourages an exchange of ideas and critical awareness among the intersecting fields of urban studies, international community development, and communications in local, national, and international contexts.
Prior to joining PSU faculty in 1994, Dr. Sussman taught for seven years in social sciences at Emerson College and for three years in the Department of Political Science, the School of Telecommunications, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University.
Some nine years spent in Southeast Asia, primarily the Philippines, taught Dr. Sussman about the critical issues of economic development and underdevelopment and how the modern histories of the Third World were shaped by the political economic forces and infrastructures of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. He continues to explore these concerns on a global basis, mainly through the lens of communications systems, ideological representations, and urban political economy.
Dr. Sussman encourages international understanding in the classroom experience through rigorous academic study and research, interactive discussion, and engaged forms of learning. He challenges students to question assumptions, recognize the influence of ideology, media and other external forces and institutions to broaden their worldview, critical interpretations, and sense of citizenship. He also mentors students who wish to use their education, talents, and passions to serve local and international communities.