Glenn Kranking ’98
Alumni and Faculty
Glenn Kranking is a historian of the Baltic Sea Region (Scandinavia/Baltic States/Russia) and Modern Europe. He is currently Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies, and Director of Russian and East European Studies.
As a Gustavus graduate (Honors History and Scandinavian Studies), Glenn is thrilled to return home to campus 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. He is currently serving as President for the Society for Historians of Scandinavia, and also serves as the organization's webmaster.
Glenn teaches courses on modern Europe, early and modern Scandinavian history, minorities in Europe, Imperial Russian and Soviet history, an Interim Experience course on digital history, 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 also 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 include aspects of pedagogy and group projects into his courses. Drawing on his course on digital history, Glenn is a campus facilitator for an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant focused on increasing the digital humanities through January-term courses.
Glenn's most recent research focuses on the Swedish minority that lived in Estonia, 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 them 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. Glenn's most recent publication is a contribution for a book project with the Estonian-Swedish cultural organization in Sweden, published in Fall 2010, based on some of this research, and he is currently working on a book manuscript about this population during the Second World War. Glenn has researched and lived in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia.
Other research projects in the works include researching interactions across the North Sea, 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 for Smithsonian Journeys (a travel program connected to the Smithsonian Institute) on tours through Scandinavia, around the Baltic Sea Region, and upcoming cruises of the North Sea.
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A. University of Washington; M.A. University of Tartu (Estonia); Ph.D. Ohio State University
Areas of Expertise
HIS-120 (Europe 1648-Present), HIS-218 (Scandinavia to 1800), and HIS-323 (European Minorities)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|CUR-110||Historical Perspective II||9||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP|
|HIS-211||Imperial Russia||3||2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2010/FA|
|FTS-100||FTS:Nordic Explorers||3||2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA|
|HIS-120||Europe 1648-Present||3||2014/SP and 2013/SP|
|HIS-219||Scandinavia Since 1800||3||2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP|
|HIS-217||Digital History||3||2014/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN|
|HIS-218||Scandinavia to 1800||3||2013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA|
|HIS-212||Modern Russia||2||2015/SP and 2013/SP|
|HIS-323||European Minorities||2||2013/FA and 2011/FA|
|HIS-321||19th Century Europe||2||2012/FA and 2011/SP|
|HIS-110||Modern Europe I, 1400–1815||2||2010/FA|
|HIS-212||Modern Russia Lab||1||2015/SP|
|HIS-344||Special Topic: European Nationalism||1||2009/FA|