People

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  • Belinda Davis
  • Professor of History; 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
  • Email: bedavis@rutgers.edu
  • Office: 107 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8342

 

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Belinda Davis is author or co-editor of four books, including her forthcoming The Internal Life of Politics: Extraparliamentary Opposition in West Germany, 1962-1983 (CUP), and several dozen articles, on themes including popular politics and social movements; conceptions of democracy and 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. She is currently co-editing the anthology Social Movements After ’68: West Germany and Beyond (under revision for Berghahn Press), and working on the collection of interviews Precarity and Change: Poverty and Homelessness in COVID Philadelphia.

FORMER AND CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • 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

Graduate

  • 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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • 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

  • “’Speaking the Self’, ‘Speaking of Bitterness’: Feminism and a New Politics in 1970s West Germany,” in Feeling Democracy, ed. Arlene Stein
  • “Afterward: The Legacy of Jean Quataert,” in Gender in Global Contexts: Labor, Law, and Human Rights, eds. Jennifer Evans and Shelley Rose
  • „Revolutionization of the Everyday: Radical Change ‚At Home‘ in West Germany,“ in Social Movements After ‚68 (under press consideration)
  • „Introduction: Rethinking Social Movements,“ with Stephen Milder and Friederike Brühöfener, in Social Movements After ‚68 (under press consideration)
  • "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

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

  • Director, Rutgers Center for European Studies, 2019-
  • 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

SELECTED AWARDS

  • 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

SELECTED PUBLIC APPEARANCES