Assistant Professor

2008, PhD in History, University of Leeds, UK


Susanne Kranz joined ZU in the fall of 2023 as an Assistant Professor of History. Before that, she was an Assistant Professor at the American University in Dubai. She also worked as a Research Associate and Program Coordinator at the University of Leipzig in Germany and as a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke College in the US. Before that, she worked at ZU from 2010 to 2018. Susanne works on women’s history, with a special interest in gender perceptions under state socialism and within left-oriented movements as well as perceptions of masculinity and femininity in state socialist popular culture. She also works on street art in urban spaces, like Amman, Jordan.


Dubai Academic City, D-L2-039

Teaching Areas

Women's History and Gender Perceptions, Modern Europe/Germany, South Asia, Leftist Activism, Street Art in Urban Spaces

Research and Professional Activities

Tianwei Ren, Keiko Ikeda, Chang Wan Woo, (2019).

Media, Sport, Nationalism: East Asia: Soft Power Projection via the Modern Olympic Games, (2019).

H-Japan, H- Net Reviews. February 2020. Patryk Kugiel, India’s Soft Power. A New Foreign Policy Strategy, London: Routledge, (2017).

Journal of International and Global Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2018, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2018, pp. 183-185.

“Der Sozialismus Siegt (Socialism Triumphs) - Women’s Ordinary Lives in an East German Factory” Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 18, No. 4, September 2017, pp. 50-68.

Between Rhetoric and Activism: Marxism and Feminism in the Indian Women’s Movement, Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2015.

“Frauen für den Frieden – oppositional group or bored troublemakers?” in: Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, January 2015, pp. 141-154.