Dr. Kathleen Canning joined the faculty of Rice University January 1, 2018, as the Dean of the School of Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History. She comes to Rice from the University of Michigan where she was the chair of the Department of History, the largest department of history in the United States which has been consistently ranked in the top seven university history departments in the nation during the last decade. During her tenure at the University of Michigan (1988-2017), Dr. Canning served as the Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and German. Dr. Canning served as chair of University of Michigan’s history department for four years and was the founding director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and the Center for European Studies. Under her leadership, the department of history participated in a Mellon Foundation funded project at the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School on “The Humanities Ph.D. for the 21st Century,” which aimed to prepare graduate students for a wide range of careers. She was the former director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan (2006-09).
Dr. Canning received her B.A. in history from the University of Oregon, and M.A. in history, with minors in sociology and political science, from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat in Heildelberg, Germany, on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1983. She went on to earn a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1988. Dr. Canning’s major field of scholarly research is modern European history with an emphasis on modern Germany and European history of citizenship, gender and family, state, social welfare, and labor in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
In 2009, Dr. Canning was spotlighted in Newsweek’s “College Guide,” as one of the nation’s “Four Great Professors.” Her awards include the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; the Helmut F. Stern Professor, Institute for the Humanities Fellowship from the University of Michigan in 1012-13; Frieburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat, Freiburg, Germany, senior fellow (full year) 2009-10; German Marshall Fund of the United States, Fellowship, 1998-99; National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers, 1996-97; Article Prize, Conference Group for Central European History, American Historical Association 1996 for “Feminist History after the ‘Linguistic Turn:’ Historicizing Discourse and Experience,” Signs 19/2 (Winter 1994): 368-404; John D’Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities, University of Michigan, fall 1999; and the Matthews Underclass Teaching Award, 1994-95. Dr. Canning teaches and writes in the field of European and transnational history of gender, body, and sexuality. She is author of number of books, edited collections, articles, book chapters, and reviews. Her published books include Weimar Subjects/Weimar Publics, co-edited with Kerstin Barndt and Kristen McGuire (Berghahn Books, 2010); Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives on Body, Class and Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2006); and Gender, Citizenships, and Subjectives, co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, with introductory essay “Gender, citizenship and Subjectivities: Some Historical and Theoretical Considerations” (Blackwell Publishers, 2002). Her current book (in progress) is titled Citizenship Effects: Gender and Sexual Crisis in the Aftermath of War and Revolution in Germany, 1914-1930, and examines the history of citizenship, gender, and sexuality in Germany during the First World War and the Weimar Republic.
Dr. Canning has authored articles for scholarly journals and publications such as Journal of Modern History, International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (second edition); American Historical Review; Central European History; Weimar Subjects/Weimar Publics (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010); Weimar Germany. Short Oxford History of Germany (Oxford, 2009); and International Working Class History.
In addition to her scholarly publications, Dr. Canning has spoken for invited lectures and conferences such as the Annual Conference of American Historical Association; German Studies Association, San Diego; Festschrift Symposium in Honor of David F. Crew, Department of History, The University of Texas; American Historical Association annual conference; Graduate Study in the Humanities, Penn State University; Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century Symposium, University of Minnesota; German Department Colloquium, University of Michigan; Re: Work, International Research Center on Work and Human Life Sycle in Global Perspective, Humboldt University, Berlin; and Capturing the Aesthetics of Everyday Life: Towards a Historiography of Cultural Sensibility in Divided Germany, King’s College London.
Dr. Canning has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Excellence Research Cluster, “The Formation of Normative Orders,” Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; series editor (2014-17); series editor, Social History, Popular Culture and Politics, University of Michigan Press Series in German History (May 2011); member of the Board of Editors, Central European History (fall 2003-14); member of the Board of Editors, L’homme (2012-present); member of the Board of Editors, Journal of Modern History (2009-12); Member of the Executive Board, German Studies Association (2010-13); and member of the Joan Kelly Prize Committee, American Historical Association (2001-03).