Claudia Koonz
  • Claudia Koonz

  • Professor and Peabody Family Chair, History
  • 333 Carr Building
  • Campus Box 90719
  • Phone: (919) 684-3941
  • Fax: (919) 681-7670
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Other

    I have been very grateful for research support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German-Marshall Fund, Duke University, the American Council for Learned Societies and the National Humanities Center. Mothers in the Fatherland received several awards: as a finalist for the National Book Award non-fiction nomination, 1987; The Boston Globe-Winship Book of the Year Award, 1987; The Berkshire Conference 1987 Book Award; The Jesuit Honor Society book of the year; and it was one of the New York Times and Liberation's (Paris) best 100 books of 1987 and 1990, respectively.
  • Research Description

    My interests are in 20th Century German History, Women's History, and genocide.
  • Current Projects

    I am active as co-director of the Duke Refugee Action Project, as well as with summer and post grad internship training in Croatia, Central America and other areas. In addition, I am the current president of the Berkshire Conference for Women Historians.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Rutgers University,
      • 1969
      • MA,
      • Columbia University,
      • 1964
      • BA,
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison,
      • 1962
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • American Academy, Berlin,
      • 0 2006
      • Virginia Humanities Foundation (declined),
      • Spring 2006
      • Woodrow Wilson Center (declined),
      • June 2005
      • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation,
      • 2005
      • History Book Club Book of the Month selection,
      • March 2004
      • Belknap Book designation,
      • Harvard University Press,
      • January 2003
  • Recent Publications

      • C. Koonz.
      • 2010.
      • Agency, Gender, and Race in Nazi Germany.
      • 61-91
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      Publication Description

      Using mass dictatorship as a working hypothesis to comprehend support for dictatorship from below, this book concentrates on the gender politics deployed by dictatorial regimes such as Nazism, Stalinism, 'really existing socialism' in the GDR and People's Poland, Maoist China, the development dictatorship in South Korea, and colonial empires. 20th century dictatorial regimes used gender politics as a lever to mobilize men and women as voluntary participants in state projects. Ironically enough, women under dictatorships could become important players in the previously male-dominated public sphere in exchange for voluntary mobilization. But both men and women were not passive objects of gender politics. Men both embraced and rejected the masculine roles set out for them; and the dictatorial regimes' invitation to participate in the public sphere, designed for the self-mobilization of women, was often used by women for self-empowerment. This book shows the twisted paths of citizens' lives under the dictatorial regimes as they veered between self-mobilization and self-empowerment.

      • C. Koonz.
      • 2010.
      • What Can a Document Tell Us?.
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      • C. Koonz.
      • 2009.
      • Hijab: A Word in Motion.
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      • C. Koonz.
      • 2008.
      • NEBENSTRANG UND HAUPTSTRÖMUNG:.
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      • C. Koonz.
      • 2008.
      • A Tributary and a Mainstream: Gender, Public Memory, and the Historiography of Nazi Germany.
      • 147-168
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  • PhD Students

    • Sarah Summers
      • January 01, 2009 - present
      • Thesis: Rethinking Family and Work: The Gendered Division of Labor and Women's Emancipation in West Germany from the 1960s through the 1980s
    • Willeke Sandler
      • September 01, 2006 - present
      • Status: PostQual
      • Thesis: Colonial Culture in "Post-Colonial" Germany, 1925-1945
    • Joel W. Revill
      • 2003 - present
    • Sebastian H Lukasik
      • 2003 - present
    • Jennifer L. Welsh
      • 2003 - present
    • David Pizzo
      • 2000 - 2007
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • Thesis: German Empire and the Sonderweg (provisional)
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