Division of Humanities & Social Sciences
Dr. Nan M. Sussman was trained as a Social and Cross-cultural Psychologist at the University of Kansas (M.A., PhD.), became a Professional Associate at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and completed her training at the Intercultural Communications Institute at Stanford University. She has had a 30-year career in the field of cultural psychology: as a scholar, educator, and practitioner. Dr. Sussman has also served in a variety of administrative positions.
As a researcher, she has maintained a 30 year program of research focusing on the psychological aspects of cultural transitions. She has been awarded two Fulbright Senior Research Awards, conducting studies in Japan and Hong Kong. Other research has focused on acculturation and health, and culture and nonverbal behavior. Her recent book, Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case, is published by Hong Kong University Press. She is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Intercultural Research. She is also an invited grant panelist for the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Her work has been reported in the Wall St. Journal Asia, South China Morning Post, the China Daily, the Los Angeles Times, and Hong Kong Magazine. She was a featured guest on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC radio.
As a practitioner, she specializes in training people for the global workplace and in preparing employees to live and work abroad and successfully return home. She has trained Indo-Chinese refugees, American executives, Nigerian trainees, American students embarking on study abroad, repatriated JET teachers, World Bank staff, Chinese technicians, foreign service officers and managers from developing countries. She wrote and produced the training series, American Social Behavior: Sources of Cultural Misunderstanding.
As an educator, she taught at five US and six international universities. In 1982, she joined the College of Staten Island, and Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has been promoted from Assistant to Associate and is currently a full Professor of Psychology and a member of the CUNY doctoral faculty. As an administrator, Dr. Sussman was Director of the Center for International Service, Associate Dean of Faculty, Special Assistant to the President, Dean of Advancement and Executive Director of the CSI Foundation. She is currently Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, a division that encompasses 9 academic departments, and 10 interdisciplinary programs.