Ute Frevert – Curriculum Vitae


Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
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1989Habilitation in Modern History, University of Bielefeld
1982PhD, University of Bielefeld
1977First Degree, Humanities, University of Bielefeld
1971–1977History and Social Sciences Studies, University of Münster, University of Bielefeld, London School of Economics
1971A Levels


Professional Experience (selected)

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

Scholarships, Fellowships, Guest Professorships, Honours & Awards

2020Sigmund-Freud-Preis für wissenschaftliche Prosa (Prize for Academic Prose), German Academy for Language and Literature
2020Ernst Hellmut Vits Prize, Universitätsgesellschaft Münster
2018Honorary doctorate, University of Tampere (Finland)
2016Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1st class
2013Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, London
2009Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
(since 2020: Member of the Council)
2008Honorary Professor, Freie Universität Berlin
2004Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
(since 2020: Member of the Presidium)
2004 - 2005Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin
2003Visiting Professor, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris
2003Visiting Professor, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
2002Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
2000 - 2001Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
1998Leibniz Award, German Research Foundation
1997Visiting Professor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1989 - 1990Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin
1989Habilitation Scholarship, German Research Foundation
1979 - 1981Doctoral Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation
1972 - 1978Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation



Academic Activities

Boards of Trustees

2018 -Member of the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel
2016 -Member of the Board of Trustees of the Körber Foundation
2015 -Member of the University Council Konstanz (December 2016 - June 2020: Chairperson)
2013 - 2018Member of the Board of Governors of the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)
2013 - 2016Member of the Board of Trustees for ‘Bildung und Kultur’ (Education and Culture) in the Advisory Board of the Deutsche Bahn Foundation
2012 - 2017Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden
2010 - 2014Member of the Board of Trustees of the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin
2007 - 2012Member of the Board of Governors of the Jacobs University Bremen
2007 - 2013Member of the Board of Trustees of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam
2007 - 2015Member of the Board of Trustees of the German History Competition organised by the Körber Foundation
2000 - 2003Member of the Board of Trustees of the German National Academic Foundation



Scientific Advisory Boards

2017 -Deputy Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leopoldina Centre for Science Studies
2017 -2019Member of the Advisory Board of Deutschlandjahr (Year of Germany) USA 2018/2019 of the Federal Foreign Office, Goethe-Institut and BDI
2016 - 2022Member of the Advisory Board Bachelor Programme Studium Individuale, Leuphana Lüneburg University
2012 - 2014Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin
2011 - 2019Member of the Advisory Board of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC (since November 2016: Chairperson)
2011 - 2017Member of the Advisory Board of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna
2009 - 2015Member of the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2008 -Member of the Board of Advisors of the Einstein Forum, Potsdam
2008 - 2013Member of the Advisory Board of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz
2008 - 2012Member of the Advisory Board of the Dahlem Konferenzen at the Freie Universität Berlin
2003 -Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
2000 - 2009Member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam
1999 - 2002Member of the Baden-Württemberg Federal State Research Council
1998 - 2001Member of the Advisory Board, Goethe Institute
1997 - 2009Member of the Advisory Board, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld
1997 - 2007Member of the Advisory Board of the German History Competition organised by the Kurt-A.-Körber Foundation



Research Funding Agencies

2016 - 2017Luxembourg National Research Fund expert committee PRIDE
2014 - 2017Chairperson of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society
2012 - 2014Deputy Chairperson of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society
2012 - 2017European Research Council, Panel Member
2000 - 2006Member of the Nominations Committee of the German Research Foundation for the Leibniz Programme
1999 - 2003Mentor, German National Academic Foundation
1998 - 2000Member of the German-American Academic Council Foundation
1996 - 2000Panel Expert for Modern History at the German Research Foundation



Other Professional Activities

2016 -Member of the Council of The Society for the History of Emotions
2012 - 2020Spokesperson and Principal Investigator of the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies
2009 - 2012Member of the Selection committee of the American Academy in Berlin
2001 - 2003Spokesperson of the Research Group "Politics as Communication in History", University of Bielefeld
1996 - 1998Member of the Executive Committee of the German Historians' Association
1990 -Member of the working group for Modern Social History

Editorial Boards (Journals)

Co-editor and Managing Director of the journal "Geschichte und Gesellschaft"


Scientific Advisory Boards (Journals)

  • L'Homme. Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft
  • Journal of Modern History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
  • European Studies Review
  • International Review of Social History
  • The Historical Journal
  • Sensibilités. Histoire, critique & sciences sociales
  • Emotions and Society




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