The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Susan Colbourn

PhD Program

Fields of Study Geographical Fields:

Atlantic World

Fields of Study Thematic Fields:

Cultural and Intellectual; International Relations

Areas of Interest:

  • Global Cold War, transatlantic relations, nuclear history
  • Defining Détente: NATO's Struggle for Identity, 1975–1983


Selected Awards:

Adams-Collins Dissertation Prize, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis, Virginia Military Institute (2016); Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation (2015); Arthur Child–Ontario Graduate Scholarship in History (2015–2016); Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation, International Security Research and Outreach Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Simons Foundation (2015).


  • MA, History of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA (Honours), History and International Relations, University of Toronto
Susan Colbourn