Department of History

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Belinda Davis
Professor of History; and Director of the Rutgers Center for European Studies
Degree: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Additional Degree(s): B.A., Wesleyan University
Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 1992
Specialty: Modern Germany: Popular Politics; Women's and Gender History
Office: 107 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8342

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Belinda Davis is author or co-editor of four books and several dozen articles, on themes including popular politics; conceptions of democracy and of how change takes place; 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 and German-Czech borderlands, to sexualities in twentieth-century Germany and Hungary, to Holocaust survivors’ memory and resettlement, to “lived ideologies” (antifascism, socialism) in the postwar Germanies and Europe. Her book The Internal Life of Politics: Extraparliamentary Opposition in West Germany, 1962-1983 is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.




  • 510:102 Europe in the Global Age
  • 506:299 History Workshop
  • 510:327 20th-Century Europe
  • 510:363 History of Germany From 1871 to the Present
  • 510:401/360:401 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: ‘Extraparliamentary’ Politics in West Germany, 1962-1983 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, forthcoming)
  • 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

  • "Democratic Processes, Revolutions, and Civil Resistance,” in Eugenio Biagini and Gary Gerstle, eds., The Cultural History of Democracy (NY: Bloomsbury Press; ms. in preparation)
  • “Enttäuschung und die Emotionen des Gesetzes der Geschichte und der historische Verwandlung,” in Andreas Wirsching and Bernhard Gotto, eds., Hoffnung – Scheitern – Weiterleben (Munich forthcoming)
  • “Redefining the Political: The Gender of Activism in Grassroots Movements of the 1960s-1980s,” in Donna Harsch, et al, eds., Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements (NY: Berghahn, forthcoming)
  • “’Going All the Way’ for the People? Traugott v. Jagow’s Changes in Thought and Action Concerning Governance in World War I Germany,” in Tomasz Pudlocki and Kamil Ruszała, eds., “Intellectuals and the First World War: a Central European Perspective,” (Krakow: Jagellionian University Press, 2018)
  • “Europe is a Peaceful Woman, America is a War-Mongering Man? The 1980s Peace Movement in NATO-Allied Europe,” in Maria Bühner and Maren Möhring, eds., Europäische Geschlechtergeschichte in Quellen und Essays (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 2018), reprinted and slightly revised from Europa ist eine Frau, Themenportal Europäische Geschichte
  • “A Brief Cosmogeny of the Green Party,” in “Creating Participatory Democracy: Green Politics in Germany since 1983,” Special issue of German Politics and Society (Winter 2015), 53-65.
  • “Curriculum as Disobedience: Raising Children to Transform Adults,” in Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 29, 1 (April 2013), 134-73
  • “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


  • Co-Organizer, Conference “Social Movements After 1968,” Center for European Studies, Rutgers University, November 2018; follow-up workshop at International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, 2019
  • Advisory Board, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, 2009-
  • Editorial Board, American Historical Review, 2013-2016
  • 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

Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 15 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Dana-Ain Davis: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 15 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Carol Hager: Center for European Studies
Tue Oct 15 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
History Honors Program Information Session
Thu Oct 17 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Becoming a Social Studies Teacher: Undergraduate Workshop
Tue Oct 22 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Harish Naraindas: RCHA Seminar
Tue Oct 22 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Marxism & Materialism Working Group


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