Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry


Prof Susanne Kord

Prof Susanne Kord


102, 17 Gordon Square
Dept of German
Gower Street


  • Chair of German
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Susanne Kord has written books on women and violent crime in Germany's 18th and 19th centuries, 18th-century women peasant poets, 18th- and 19th-century women playwrights in Germany, women's anonymity and pseudonyms, and gender ideas in recent  Hollywood films, as well as articles on many aspects of women's literary history and reception. In the interest of making some of the unknown literature by pre-twentieth-century women available to modern readers, she has edited four collections of plays by women and translated three dramas into English. She has published poetry in several anthologies and journals, and read her poetry in many venues, including at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has served or is serving on a number of research councils and boards, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), the Fonds für Wissenschaftliche Forschung (Belgium), the DAAD Research Council, the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, and the editorial boards of numerous academic journals and yearbooks.
Susanne Kord has received numerous awards for her writing, among them two book awards, one award for Best Article (2011), one Honourable Mention, an award for her poetry, and the Brentano-Preis awarded by the Freie Universität Berlin in 1997 for 'outstanding achievements in the advancement of women and knowledge of women's history'. She has served as Editor, among others, of The Lessing Yearbook, The German Quarterly, and the Publications of the English Goethe Society, and guest-edited German Life and Letters

Susanne Kord has recently completed a book on evil children in international horror movies since the 1950s. The book, entitled Little Horrors: How Cinema's Evil Children Play on Our Guilt is due out with McFarland in November 2016. She has also received a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for her new project entitled 'The Devil We Know: Crime-Writing and Propaganda in Germany's Pre-World-War Periods', to run from 2015-18.

In October 2015, Susanne Kord was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society.

Award year Qualification Institution
Master of Arts
English studies
Philipps-Universitat Marburg
Master of Arts
German studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Doctor of Philosophy
German studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Susanne Kord holds degrees from the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and taught at Georgetown University (Washington, D. C.) before she joined the UCL German Department in 2004. She has served as Head of Department and Director of various programmes at both UCL and Georgetown University.


Comparative Literature|*|Crime and Gender (both case studies and literature)|*|Eighteenth-Century Studies|*|Film Studies|*|Gender|*|Gender Studies|*|German Studies

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