colby-sawyer faculty

Kraig Larkin

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences & Education
(603) 526-3640 |

Joined faculty in 2011. A.B., from University at Albany; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University. Professor Larkin teaches courses in European and American history, the history of consumerism and public health, and popular culture. His research explores the connections between public health and consumer culture in modern Germany and America, with a particular emphasis on cigarette smoking. He also is conducting research on the presence and impact of Nazi figures and symbols, and the history on American popular culture.

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture
  • European and German History

Recent Presentations / Publications

  • The Marlboro Dad: Depictions of Fathers in West German Consumer Society, 1948-1961 - Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference in Boston, Mass., 2012.

  • A Nation of Bowed Heads: The Politics of the Cigarette Currency in Occupied Germany - Paper presented to the German Studies Association Annual Conference in Oakland, Calif., 2010

  • From Voluntary to Legislation: The Debates on Smoking and Advertising Prohibitions in the Federal Republic of Germany - Paper presented to the Fifth International Conference on the History of Drugs and Alcohol in Glasgow, Scotland, 2009.

  • Death Throws a Party: Public Health, Consumer Culture, and the Question of Choice in West German Anti-Smoking Education of the 1960s-1970s - Paper presented at Self & Substance: Drugs, Culture, and Society Conference in Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2009.

  • Youth Smoking and Health Education in West Germany, 1964-1974 - Paper presented to the German Studies Association Annual Conference in St. Paul, Minn., 2008.


  • Ph.D., M.A., History, Stony Brook University
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Stony Brook University
  • B.A., History and Psychology, University at Albany