Ute Frevert

Director Center for the History of Emotions


Susanne Kassung

Daniela Petrosino

Phone: +49 30 82406-261/262

Memberships and Service (Selection)

  • President of the Max Weber Foundation - German Humanities Institutes Abroad
  • Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, London
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation German-Israeli Future Forum
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Körber Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
  • Member of the Council of The Society for the History of Emotions

Short CV:

Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, 2008-     
Professor for German History, Yale University, USA, 2003-2007,    
Professor of History, University of Bielefeld, 1997-2003     
Professor of Modern History, University of Konstanz, 1992-1997     
Professor of Modern History, Freie Universität Berlin, 1991-1992      
Habilitation in Modern History, University of Bielefeld, 1989     
PhD, University of Bielefeld, 1982

Project Participation:

Research Interests:

  • Modern Social, Political and Cultural History
  • History of Emotions
  • Gender History

Selected Literature

(English only)

  • Frevert, U. (2024). Writing the history of emotions: Concepts and practices, economies and politics. London: Bloomsbury
  • Frevert, U. (2023).The power of emotions: A history of Germany from 1900 to the present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Frevert, U. (2022). Emotional styles in postwar German politics. In K. Larres, H. Moroff, & R. Wittlinger (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of German politics (pp. 33–44). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Frevert, U., Pahl, K. M., Buscemi, F., Nielsen, P., Arndt, A., Amico, M., Lichau, K., Malone, H., Wambach, J., Brauer, J., & Moine, C. (2022). Feeling political: Emotions and institutions since 1789. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [Open Access] https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89858-8
  • Frevert, U. (2021). Affect theory and history of emotions. Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method Article. London: Bloomsbury, (Retrieved October 18, 2021, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350970878.069).
  • Frevert, U. (2021). Humiliation and modernity: Ongoing practices, changing sensibilities. Cultural History, 10(2), 282–289. https://doi.org/10.3366/cult.2021.0249
    (Book Forum: Ute Frevert’s The Politics of Humiliation (S. 262-289) with further contributions by Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Lucy Noakes, and David Nash).
  • Frevert, U. (2020). The politics of humiliation: A modern history. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2020.
  • Frevert, U. (2020). The emotional language of flowers. In D. Hillard, H. Lempa, & R. Spinney (Eds.), Feelings materialized: Emotions, bodies, and things in Germany, 1500-1950 (pp. 202–221). New York: Berghahn Books.
  • Frevert, U. (2020). Emotions in times of war: Private and public, individual and collective. In C. Langhamer, L. Noakes, & C. Siebrecht (Eds.), Total war: An emotional history (pp. 21–39). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Frevert, U. (2019). Diplomats: Kneeling and the protocol of humiliation. In B. Gammerl, P. Nielsen, & M. Pernau (Eds.), Encounters with emotions: Negotiating cultural differences since early modernity (pp. 133-159). New York: Berghahn.
  • Frevert, U. (2019). (Ed.), Moral economies (Geschichte und Gesellschaft: Sonderheft No. 26). 239 p. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • Frevert, U. (2019). Moral economies, present and past: Social practices and intellectual controversies. In U. Frevert (Ed.), Moral economies (Geschichte und Gesellschaft: Sonderheft No. 26) (pp. 13-43). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  • Frevert, U. (2019). In public: Emotional politics. In S. Bromhall, J. W. Davidson, A. Lynch (Series Eds.), & S. J. Matt (Vol. Ed.), A cultural history of the emotions: Vol. 5. A cultural history of the emotions in the age of romanticism, revolution and empire (1780-1920) (pp. 157-174). London: Bloomsbury.
  • Frevert, U. (2018). 'Hans in Luck' or the moral economy of happiness in the modern age. History of European Ideas. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/01916599.2018.1534448
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  • Frevert, U. (2018). Historicizing emotions. Emotion Researcher: ISRE's Sourcebook for Research on Emotion and Affect. Retrieved March 14, 2018,
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  • Frevert, U. (2016). The history of emotions. In L. Feldman Barrett, M. Lewis, & J. M. Haviland-Jones (Eds.), Handbook of emotions (4th ed., pp. 49-65). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Frevert, U. (2016). Empathy in the Theater of Horror, or Civilizing the Human Heart. In A. Assmann & I. Detmers (Eds.), Empathy and its Limits (pp. 79-99). Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2015). Faith, love, hate: The national socialist politics of emotions. In W. Nerdinger & H.-G. Hockerts (Eds.), Munich and National Socialism: Catalogue of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism (pp. 479-486, 588-589). München: Beck.
  • Frevert, U. (2014). with Eitler, P., Olsen, S., Jensen, U., Pernau, M., Brückenhaus, D., Beljan, M., Gammerl, B., Laukötter, A., Hitzer, B., Plamper, J., Brauer, J., & Häberlen, J. Learning how to feel: Children's literature and emotional socialization, 1870-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Frevert, U. (2014). with Scheer, M., Schmidt, A., Eitler, P., Hitzer, B., Verheyen, N., Gammerl, B., Bailey, C., & Pernau, M. Emotional lexicons: Continuity and change in the vocabulary of feeling 1700-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Frevert, U. (2014). Passions, preferences, and animal spirits: How does Homo Oeconomicus cope with emotions? In F. Biess & D. M. Gross (Eds.), Science and emotions after 1945: A transatlantic perspective (pp. 300-317). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Frevert, U. (2014). Honour and /or /as Passion: Historical trajectories of legal defenses. Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History, 22, 245-255.
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  • Frevert, U. (2014). The modern history of emotions: A research center in Berlin. Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea, 36, 31-55. doi:10.5209/rev_CHCO.2014.v36.46681
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  • Frevert, U. (2014). Wartime emotions: Honour, shame, and the ecstasy of sacrifice. In U. Daniel, P. Gatrell, O. Janz, H. Jones, J. Keene, A. Kramer, & B. Nasson (Eds.), 1914-1918-online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.15463/ie1418.10409
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  • Frevert, U. (2011). Emotions in history - Lost and found. Budapest: Central European University Press. (Full text)
    (Japanese translation: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, in press)
  • Frevert, U. (2011). Jewish hearts and minds? Feelings of belonging and political choices among East German intellectuals. Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, 56, 353-384.
  • Frevert, U. (2010). Trust as work. In J. Kocka (Ed.), Work in a modern society: The German historical experience in comparative perspective (New German Historical Perspectives No. 3) (pp. 93-108). New York: Berghahn.
  • Frevert, U. (2004). A nation in barracks: Modern Germany, military conscription and civil society. Oxford: Berg.
  • Frevert, U. (1995). Men of honour: A social and cultural history of the duel. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Frevert, U. (1989). Women in German history: From Bourgeois emancipation to sexual liberation. Oxford: Berg.
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