Suzy Hansen

• Contributing writer for the 'New York Times Magazine'

• Author of 'Notes on a Foreign Country'

Suzy Hansen is an American journalist and author who has lived in Istanbul for 12 years. Her first book, Notes on a Foreign Country, was published in 2017 by FSG. It was a Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, and the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Nonfiction Book on International Affairs.

She is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and has written for the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Vogue, the Baffler, the New York Times Book Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, GQ, Bookforum, Bidoun, and other publications. She was recently named a Visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

Speech topics

Living In A Post-American World

Hansen is available to speak about American foreign policy (current and historical), American exceptionalism, nationalism in America, white fragility, the rise of Trump, what it means to be American and American identity in general, the influence of the Cold War on American psychology, being an American and an American journalist abroad, and the problems of “objectivity” in American media. Also: anything related to Turkey, Turkish-American relations, Islam vs. secularism in the Middle East, how a country (like Turkey) loses its democracy to autocracy, rising authoritarianism in the world, the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey and beyond, and immigration.


Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World

Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world.

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