College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Dr. Nan Sussman is a Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, City University of New York. At CSI, she has served in several roles including Director of the Center for Global Engagement, chair of the Department of Psychology, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was awarded a grant from the US Department of Education to develop a degree in Intercultural Business and a second grant to develop a degree combining Italian Studies and Business (Cultura e Comercio).
Professor Sussman was past-President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, a long-time member of its Board of Directors, and a member of the editorial Board of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She was also a member of the Governing Council of the International Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR). She is the recipient of their Outstanding Interculturalist Award. She also served as Vice-President of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS). Dr. Sussman was twice a Fulbright Scholar, to Japan and to Hong Kong. She has also taught and lectured in the Philippines, Vietnam, China, and Nepal. Prior to her appointment at CUNY, she was Senior Intercultural Trainer at Washington (DC) International Center, Director of International Training (International Council of Education for Teaching), and Cross-cultural Specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University. She was a Professional Associate at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Sussman also founded the intercultural training firm Global Strategies and has provided intercultural services to dozens of US and international companies.
Dr. Sussman received her BA at the University of Pittsburgh, and MA and PhD (Social Psychology) at the University of Kansas. Her two recent books are Intercultural Communication (with co-author Zhuang En-ping) and Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, a Hong Kong Case. Dr. Sussman’s research has been featured in textbooks, international newspapers and magazines, documentaries and radio interviews. She has served as a consultant to the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and on the selection committees for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) and the US Fulbright Commission.
From her home in Brooklyn, she is an avid fan of music, theater, the New York Yankees, Rafael Nadal, and international cuisine. Her sons are both fluent in Mandarin and studied in China. She hopes that during the voyage you will try new foods, listen to local music, and see new types of dance and theater.