Susan Iseyen is a Ph.D. student at Princeton University’s history department. Her research interest focuses on the social, environmental and medical history of South-Southern Nigeria. Her PhD thesis will focus primarily on an assessment of the intersections of colonialism, neocolonialism and societal changes in the social history of the Lower Cross River region of Nigeria by the end of the twentieth century. Susan is also interested in the medical and social history of women and children within the context of change and continuity from the precolonial to the postcolonial eras. She has broad academic interests in historiography, oral history, war and violence.
An indigene of Akwa Ibom State in the South-South Region of Nigeria (coastal south), she was, however, born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honors in the Department of History and Strategic Studies, from the University of Lagos in 2019, specializing in socio-economic history. Susan is passionate about exploring the scarcely studied roles of Africa’s unsung heroes in the evolution of African societies. She identifies herself as a wholehearted student of social problems. This is what drives her to seek for solutions on social issues through ardent research. She desires to expend a greater part of her life changing stereotypical narratives, in a sense of deep kinship to the region of the world where she hails from, and came of age. These factors have greatly influenced her deep connection to Africa and her past. Her life and actions are guided by the high-minded aphorism, "Let us value the quality of life, not the quantity.”