Saoussen Cheddadi’s scholarly interests include transnational American studies, higher education, Americanization, subaltern studies, and post-colonial identity in the MENA region. Her PhD dissertation analyzes the Fulbright program in Algeria by focusing on the U.S. higher education as a form of soft power, and the Algerian intellectuals as transnational subjects. She uses ethnography as a method of inquiry by interviewing a group of former Algerian Fulbright grantees. She also collected field notes from her trips to Algeria regarding the efforts made by the U.S. embassy in Algeria to disseminate the U.S. higher education opportunities to the Algerian youth.
Saoussen earned her MA in American studies from KU as a Fulbright scholar. Her MA article addressed the consumption of American products in Algeria and its effects on a young post-colonial society in which the French post-colonial hegemony is still prominent. Before that, she earned an MA and BA in American civilization from the university of Mentouri in Constantine, Algeria.
In her free time, Saoussen enjoys fashion, dance and travel.