Glenn Kranking ’98

Alumni and Faculty

Associate Professor in History, Scandinavian Studies, and Russian, and Adviser in Gustavian Weekly

Glenn Kranking is a historian of the Baltic Sea Region (Scandinavia/Baltic States/Russia) and Modern Europe, and is on his tenth year of teaching at Gustavus as a member of the History and Scandinavian Studies departments. He also contributes to the Russian and East European Studies and the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies programs.

As a Gustavus graduate (Honors History and Scandinavian Studies), Glenn is thrilled to be at Gustavus and teach the next generation of Gusties. He holds a Masters Degree in Scandinavian Area Studies from the University of Washington, a Masters Degree in Contemporary History from the University of Tartu in Estonia, and a doctorate in history from The Ohio State University. He has studied and researched extensively in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia. Glenn is a former member of the executive board for the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and is currently serving as immediate past president for the Society for Historians of Scandinavia.

Glenn teaches courses on early and modern Scandinavian history, Imperial Russian and Soviet (including a film lab) history, minorities in Europe, propaganda in the modern world, survey courses on modern Europe and modern world history, an Interim Experience course on digital history, an Interim Experience course on disaster films, and the Three Crowns Curriculum course on Historical Perspectives. He also teaches a First Term Seminar course on the theme of Nordic Explorers. Glenn is the faculty adviser for The Gustavian Weekly and the Swedish House, and is occasionally called upon to give presentations on the history of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Gustavus is working to advance the digital humanities on campus, and Glenn has worked to digitally inflect his pedagogy and assignments for many of his courses. An example of this can be seen in his course on Propaganda in the Modern World, which works on the website We Want You. Drawing on his course on digital history, Glenn served as a campus co-facilitator for an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant (2015-2018) focused on increasing the digital humanities through January-term courses.

Glenn's most recent research focuses on the Swedish minority that lived in Estonia (also referred to as the Estonian-Swedes), and the development of their community and culture (particularly as it related to connections with their homeland) through numerous types of governments from the 1860s until the end of the Second World War when most of the population fled to Sweden. He is particularly interested more broadly in the role of minority populations and minority rights in Europe. A significant portion of his research was funded by the American Swedish Institute and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. One of Glenn's recent publications is a history of Kustbon, the Estonian-Swedish community's newspaper, in celebration of the paper's centennial (2018, published in Swedish). He also contributed on a book project with the Estonian-Swedish cultural organization in Sweden, published in Fall 2010, based on some of his research. He is currently working on a book manuscript about this population during the Second World War.

Other research projects in the works include researching interactions across northern Europe, Nordic polar explorers, and a larger work on travelogues written by Swedes traveling in Russia.

In his spare time Glenn enjoys singing, photography, traveling, home improvement, gardening, and watching movies. Over the past few years, Glenn has also served as a Study Leader/Expert for Smithsonian Journeys (a travel program connected to the Smithsonian Institute) on tours through Scandinavia, around the Baltic Sea Region, and the North Sea.

Education

B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A. University of Washington; M.A. University of Tartu (Estonia); Ph.D. Ohio State University


Courses Taught

FTS-100 (FTS:Nordic Explorers), HIS-219 (Scandinavia Since 1800), and HIS-303 (Modern Propaganda)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-110 Historical Perspective II 9 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HIS-218 Scandinavia to 1800 5 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA
HIS-120 Europe 1648-Present 5 2017/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/SP, and 2013/SP
HIS-211 Imperial Russia 4 2018/SP, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2010/FA
HIS-323 European Minorities 4 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, and 2011/FA
HIS-217 Digital History 4 2017/JN, 2014/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
HIS-219 Scandinavia Since 1800 4 2016/FA, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
HIS-212 Rise & Fall of USSR 3 2017/SP, 2015/SP, and 2013/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Nordic Explorers 3 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
HIS-212 Rise/Fall USSR Lab 2 2017/SP and 2015/SP
HIS-321 19th Century Europe 2 2012/FA and 2011/SP
HIS-110 Modern Europe I, 1400–1815 2 2010/FA
HIS-105 World History 1 2018/SP
MUS-165 Orchestra:Sweden/Norway 1 2018/JN
HIS-303 Modern Propaganda 1 2016/FA
HIS-300 Research Seminar 1 2014/FA
HIS-344 Special Topic: European Nationalism 1 2009/FA