Suzy Hansen
Foreign Affairs Journalist

Suzy Hansen is a journalist and editor living in Istanbul. Her first book, Notes on a Foreign Country, 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.


Suzy 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. For several years, she was a senior editor at the New York Observer, and before that, an editor in the books section at Salon. In 2007, Suzy was awarded a two-year fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to live in and write about Turkey.

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Notes on a Foreign CountryAn American Abroad in a Post-American World
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul.

Notes on a Foreign Country In this talk, Suzy Hansen discusses her experience as an American living abroad in the current global climate.

Learn more on Suzy Hansen’s website 

Check out Suzy Hansen’s article “Istanbul Blues” in The New York Review of Books

Read about Suzy Hansen’s perspective on the global view of America and Trump in her piece in The Washington Post

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Take a look inside Turkey’s purge from a the firsthand perspective of Suzy Hansen in her feature for The New York Times

Read some excellent reviews of Hansen’s book, Notes on a Foreign Country in The New York Times and Commonweal

Praise for Notes on a Foreign Country "Deeply honest and brave . . . A sincere and intelligent act of self-questioning . . . Hansen is doing something both rare and necessary."
—Hisham Matar, The New York Times Book Review

"A piercingly honest critique of the unexamined white American life."
The New Yorker

"Informed by deep reading in the history of U.S. foreign policy . . . At a time when our wrenching politics have turned our gaze on ourselves, [Hansen's] book is a necessary tonic."
—Christian Lorentzen, New York Magazine

"Searching and searing . . . [Suzy Hansen] combines a brisk history of America’s anguished intervention in the region; artful reporting on how citizens in Turkey and its neighbors view the United States today; and unsparing self-reflection to explain how she, an Ivy League-educated journalist, could be so ignorant of the extent of her country’s role in remaking the post-World War II world . . . Notes on a Foreign Country is a testament to one journalist’s courage in digging deep within herself to understand the real story and to make sure she gets it right."
—Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor