Kristina Krake is lecturer at Scandinavian Studies and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on Scandinavian political, social and cultural history and in particular the resilience of the Scandinavian democracies to fascism in the interwar period. The findings of these empirical studies contribute to the ongoing research debate on the Nordic consensus democracies. Currently Kristina Krake is working on a book projet on the Danish interwar period. This book project is going to contribute to a book series on 100 turning points in Danish history.
Kristina Krake has an educational background in Nordic Area Studies and History. She received a MA from the University of Copenhagen and obtained the PhD degree from the University of Southern Denmark. As a special distinction her dissertation was awarded with the Danish Labour History Prize 2018.
At the Faculty of Humanities, Kristina Krake teaches a wide range of subjects from Modern European History to the historical avantgarde movement to Danish literary history. Her classes are designed to encourage active participation and critical thinking, while providing the students with sound knowledge and advanced skills. Moreover she supervises students in writing their thesis on topics on Scandinavia, contested democracies, populism and the rise of new authoritarian regimes.
Kristina Krake is also engaged in dissemination projects. She has cooperated with the Danish National Archives on an online portal, making primary sources of the interwar period available to the public (for further information, see here: https://www.sa.dk/da/undervisningstilbud/videregaaende-uddannelser/kildepakker/forsvar-for-demokrati-i-mellemkrigstiden-kildepakke/).
Research interests: Scandinavian political, social and cultural history; the resilience and fragility of the European democracies; fascism; perceptions of modernity; conceptual history; comparative and transnational history; contemporary history with emphasis on the 20th century.