Professor of History, Duke University
Haniel Fellow - Class of Spring 2006
Claudia Koonz received her BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, her MA from Columbia University, and her PhD from Rutgers University. She has taught at College of the Holy Cross, and since 1988 at Duke University. Koonz’s interests are in twentieth-century German history, women’s history, and genocide. She has received research support from the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, German-Marshall Fund, Duke University, American Council for Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. Her 1987 book, Mothers in the Fatherland received several awards: it was a finalist for the National Book Award nonfiction nomination; the Boston Globe-Winship Book of the Year Award; Berkshire Conference 1987 Book Award; Jesuit Honor Society book of the year; and it was one of the New York Times and Libération’s (Paris) best 100 books of 1987 and 1990, respectively. She is the co-director of the Duke Refugee Action Project as well as with summer and postgraduate internship training in Croatia, Central America, and other areas. Koonz served as president of the Berkshire Conference for Women Historians.