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Belinda Davis

Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Michigan

B.A., Wesleyan University

At Rutgers Since 1992

107 Van Dyck Hall
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Belinda Davis is author or co-editor of three books and several dozen articles, on themes including popular politics; gender; history of everyday life; oral history, memory, and emotion; urban history; transnational history; policing, violence, and terror; and consumption. Her graduate students have completed or are completing dissertations on topics ranging from Turkish “guestworkers” in West Germany, to identities in German-Polish borderlands, to sexualities in twentieth-century Germany and Hungary, to Holocaust survivors’ memory and resettlement, to “lived ideologies” (antifascism, socialism) in postwar Europe. She is completing a book on "The Internal Life of Politics: Extraparliamentary Opposition in West Germany, 1962-1983."




  • 510:102 Development of Europe II
  • 510:327 20th-Century Europe
  • 510:363 History of Germany From 1871 to the Present
  • 510:392 European Studies 360:401 Idea of Europe


  • 510:539 Colloquium in Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life
  • 510:549/550 Research Seminar in Women's & Gender History
  • 510:567 Colloquium in German and European History
  • 510:599 Readings in Modern Europe
  • 510:615/616 Research Seminar in European History



  • The Internal Life of Politics: The New Left in West Germany, 1962-1983 (under completion)
  • Changing the World, Changing Oneself: Political Protest and Collective Identities in the 1960s/70s West Germany and U.S., ed., with W. Mausbach, M. Klimke, and C. MacDougall (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010, 2012)
  • Alltag—Erfahrung—Eigensinn: Historisch-anthropologische Erkundungen, ed., with Thomas Lindenberger and Michael Wildt (Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 2008)
  • Home Fires Burning: Food, Politics, and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2000).

Selected Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • "A Brief Cosmogeny of the Green Party," in "Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983," Special Issue, German Politics and Society (Winter 2015)
  • “Curriculum as Disobedience: Raising Children to Transform Adults,” in Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (April 2013)
  • “Europe is a Peaceful Woman, America is a War-Mongering Man? The 1980s Peace Movement in NATO-Allied Europe,” in Rüdiger Hohls, et al, eds., (2012), revised from Europa ist eine Frau, Themenportal Europäische Geschichte
  •  “Political Participation and Gender: Lessons from the Cold War,” in Joanna Regulska and Bonnie Smith, eds., Women and Gender in Postwar Europe: From Cold War to European Union (NY: Routledge, 2012), 139-55.
  • “Polizei – und Gewalt auf der Straße. Konfliktmuster und ihre Folgen im Berlin des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts,” in Alf Lüdtke, et al, eds., Polizei, Gewalt und Staat im 20. Jahrhundert (Wiesbaden: Springer Vs Verlag, 2011), 81-104
  • “A Whole World Opening Up:  Transcultural Contact, Difference, and the Politicization of ‘New Left’ Activists,” in Davis, et al, eds., Changing the World, Changing Oneself  (New York: Berghahn, 2010), 255-73
  • “Introduction,” with W. Mausbach, M. Klimke, C. MacDougall, in ibid, vii-xix
  • “Transnation und Transkultur. Gender und Politisierung von den fünziger bis in die siebziger Jahre,” in Detlef Siegfried and Sven Reichardt, eds., Das Alternative Milieu. Antibürgerlicher Lebensstil und linke Politik in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Europa 1968-1983 (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2010), 313-34
  • “Konsum im ersten Weltkriege,” in Heinz-Gerhard Haupt and Claudius Torp, eds., Die Konsumgesellschaft in Deutschland 1890-1990 (Frankfurt: Campus, 2009), 232-49
  • “What’s Left?  Popular and Democratic Political Participation in Postwar Europe,” American Historical Review 113, 2 (April 2008), 363-90
  • “Einleitung,” with T. Lindenberger and M. Wildt, in Davis, Lindenberger, Wildt, eds., Eigen-Sinn, Alltag, und Erfahrung (Frankfurt/aM: Campus, 2008), 11-28
  • “The City as Theater of Protest: West Berlin and West Germany, 1962-1983,” in Gyan Prakash and Kevin M. Kruse, eds., The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2008), 247-74
  • “Civil Society in a New Key? Feminist and Alternative Groups in 1970s West Germany,” in Sonya Michel, et al, eds., Civil Society and Gender Justice: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (NY: Berghahn, 2008), 208-23


  • Editorial Board, American Historical Review
  • Advisory Board, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, 2009-
  • Associate Editor, Signs, 2005-2013
  • North American Editor, Women’s History Review, 2004-2007
  • Co-Investigator, Project “Das Fremde im Eigenen: Interkultureller Austausch und kollektive Identitäten in der Revolte der 1960er Jahre," Volkswagen Stiftung, 2002-2005


  • European University Institute (Florence), Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship, Spring 2015
  • Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Potsdam), Residential Fellowship, Summer 2006
  • Volkswagen Research Fellowship, AY 2005-6
  • Shelby Cullom Davis Center, Princeton University, Research Fellowship, 2003-2004

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