Glenn Kranking ’98

Alumni and Faculty

Assistant Professor and The Gustavian Weekly Adviser in History, Scandinavian Studies, and Russian

Glenn Kranking is a historian of the Baltic Sea Region (Scandinavia/Baltic States/Russia) and Modern Europe.

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 Vice 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. He currently serves as chair of the faculty Global Engagement Committee.

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. Glenn has researched and lived in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia.

Other research projects in the works include a chapter on nineteenth century Scandinavia, 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.


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

Courses Taught


CUR-110 (Historical Perspective II), HIS-212 (Modern Russia), and HIS-212 (Modern Russia Lab)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-110Historical Perspective II72014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
HIS-211Imperial Russia32014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2010/FA
FTS-100FTS:Nordic Explorers32014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
HIS-120Europe 1648-Present32014/SP and 2013/SP
HIS-219Scandinavia Since 180032014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
HIS-217Digital History32014/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
HIS-218Scandinavia to 180032013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2009/FA
HIS-323European Minorities22013/FA and 2011/FA
HIS-32119th Century Europe22012/FA and 2011/SP
HIS-110Modern Europe I, 1400–181522010/FA
HIS-300Research Seminar12014/FA
HIS-212Modern Russia12013/SP
HIS-344Special Topic: European Nationalism12009/FA