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Kathleen Canning assumed the position of Dean of the School of Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at Rice University in January 2018. She was previously Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, Women's Studies and German at the University of Michigan. She chaired the UM History Department from 2013 to 2017 and was founding director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

She is the author of Languages of Labor and Gender (Cornell 1996) and Gender History in Practice (Cornell 2006) and co-editor of Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s (Berghahn 2010). Her current book project is entitled Citizenship Effects: Gender and Sexual Crisis in the Aftermath of War and Revolution in Germany.

Since 2011 she has been the editor of the University of Michigan Press series on Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany. At Michigan she received the John D’Arms Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities and the Matthews Underclass Teaching Award for her contributions to undergraduate education.


Selected Publications
Books and Edited Collections

  • Citizenship Effects: Gender and Sexual Crisis in the Aftermath of War and Revolution in Germany, 1914-1930 (in progress)
  • Weimar Subjects/Weimar Publics, co-edited with Kerstin Barndt and Kristin McGuire essay collection (Berghahn Books, 2010; reissued in paperback in fall 2013)
  • Gender History in Practice: Historical Perspectives on Body, Class and Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2006)
  • Gender, Citizenships, and Subjectivities, co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, with introductory essay “Gender, Citizenship and Subjectivity: Some Historical and Theoretical Considerations” (Blackwell Publishers, 2002)
  • Languages of Labor and Gender: Female Factory Work in Germany, 1850-1914 (Cornell University Press, 1996). (Paperback edition: Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Gender Order/Disorder and New Political Subjects in the Weimar Republic," in Gabriele Metzler and Dirk Schumann, eds., Geschlechterordnung und Politik in der Weimarer Republik (Heidelberg: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016,) pp. 59-80
  • "War, Citizenship and Rhetorics of Sexual Crisis: Reflections on States of Exception in Germany, 1914-1920," in Geoff Eley, Jennifer Jenkins and Tracie Matysik, eds., in German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2016), pp. 235-57
  • “Gender and the Imaginary of Revolution in Germany,” in Klaus Weinhauer/ Anthony McElligott/Kirsten Heinsohn (eds.): In Search of Revolution: Germany and its European Context, 1916-1923 (Berlin: Transit Verlag, 2015), pp. 103-26
  • “Gender history/history of body and sexuality,” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition (Elsevier International, 2015), edited by James D. Wright
  • “Order/Disorder/Reordering: Rereading Charles Maier’s Recasting Bourgeois Europe,” New Reflections on Charles Maier's Recasting Bourgeois Europe, Contemporanea. IX and XX Century History Review 3/2013 (July 2013): 449-53
  • “Forum: Class in German History,” German History 30/3 (September 2012): 429-51, also featuring Jürgen Kocka, Alf Lüdtke, Eve Rosenhaft, Andrew Zimmerman, edited by Dennis Sweeney
  • "The Politics of Symbols, Semantics and Sentiments in the Weimar Republic," Central European History 43/4 (2010): 567-580
  • “Das Geschlecht der Revolution: Stimmrecht und Staatsbürgertum 1918/19," in Alexander Gallus, ed., Die vergessene Revolution von 1918/19 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, March 2010), pp. 84-116