Susanne Kranz

Assistant Professor of History

School of Arts & Sciences


Ph.D. in History, University of Leeds, UK
M.A. in History, Southeast Missouri State University, USA

Dr. Susanne Kranz began her studies of history and political sciences at the University of Leipzig and the University of Jena in Germany. She obtained her M.A. in history from Southeast Missouri State University in the US and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Leeds in the UK.

Dr. Kranz is Assistant Professor of History in the Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to joining AUD, she was a Research Associate and Program Coordinator of the joint MA and PhD program in Global Studies (with a Special Emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa) at the European and Global Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Dr. Kranz was also a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College in the US. She taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Leipzig in Germany, Zayed University in the UAE, and the University of Bradford in the UK. Dr. Kranz has published on left-oriented women’s movements in modern India, and state-sanctioned and autonomous women’s groups and organizations in East Germany. She is particularly interested in state-gender relations, social movements, women’s lives under state socialism, and socialist gender perception in popular culture and on the factory floor.