Kathleen Canning

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Kathleen Canning

Chair, History
Sonya Rose Collegiate Professor of History
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor, History/Women's Studies/German

Department of History
1029 Tisch Hall 435 S. State St. 48109-1003

Phone: 734.763.9937
Fax: 734.647.4881
kcanning@umich.edu
Department Profile

  • Affiliation(s)
    • CES, History, Women’s Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, CREES
  • Fields of Study
    • Modern Germany, modern European women and gender, labor and social movements, welfare state, history of the body
  • About

    Kathleen Canning is Professor of History, Women's Studies, and German as well as the Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History and chair of the History Department. Her fields of study include modern German social, cultural and political history, including the history of citizenship and class, labor and social movements, welfare state, social reform and the social imaginary. She also teaches and writes in the field of European and transnational history of gender, body, and sexuality. Her current book project, Citizenship Effects: Gender and Sexual Crisis in the Aftermath of War and Revolution in Germany, examines the history of citizenship, gender and sexuality in Germany during the First World War and the Weimar Republic. She is the former director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan (2006-09) and the founding director of the UM Center for European Studies (1995-98). In 2011 she became editor of the University of Michigan Press series on Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany. Canning currently serves on the editorial board of the Central European History, Gender & History and L’homme and is a member of the Executive Board of the German Studies Association (2009-12). She was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 1996. Prof. Canning was featured as one of the nation's best professors in Newsweek's 2009 college guide.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University, 1988
    • M.A., History, Johns Hopkins University, 1985
    • M.A., History, Universität Heidelberg, 1983
    • B.A., History, University of Oregon, 1977
  • Awards
    • Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professorship, 2012
    • Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, 1996
    • John D'Arms Award for Distinguished Mentoring in the Humanities, 1999
    • Conference Group for Central European History Book Prize, 1999
    • Matthews Underclass Teaching Award, 1995
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Chapters