Ute Frevert

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Ute Frevert at the Deutscher Historikertag 2014

Ute Frevert (born 10 June 1954 in Schötmar, Bad Salzuflen, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German historian. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary German history, as well as social and gender history. In January 2008, she was appointed managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and director of the Institute's Center for History of Emotions in Berlin.

Life and career[edit]

From 1971 to 1977, Ute Frevert studied History and Social Sciences at the Universities of Münster and at London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bielefeld in 1982 and was habilitated in 1989.

Subsequently, she worked at several research institutions. She held research fellowships at Berlin Institute for Advanced Study from 1989-1990 and 2004-2005 and at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University from 2000-2001. She was professor for modern history at Free University of Berlin in 1991-1992 and at the University of Konstanz from 1992-1997. After being appointed professor for general history at the University of Bielefeld, she proceeded to hold a professorship for German history at Yale University. Since the winter semester 2008/2009 she is an honorary professor at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut at Free University of Berlin.

Further, she was a visiting professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 2002 at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna in 2003 as well as the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

Frevert is married and has three children.

Awards and honours[edit]

Selected works[edit]


  • A Nation in Barracks: Modern Germany, Military Conscription and Civil Society. Translated by Andrew Boreham. New York: Berg, 2004. ISBN 9781859738818
  • Men of Honour: A Social and Cultural History of the Duel. Translated by Anthony Williams. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1995. ISBN 978-0745611976
  • Women in German History: From Bourgeois Emancipation to Sexual Liberation. Translated by Stuart McKinon-Evans. New York: Berg, 1989. ISBN 978-0854962334
  • Emotions in History – Lost and Found. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2011 ISBN 978-615-5053-34-4
  • Learning How to Feel. Children's Literature and Emotional Socialization, 1870-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN 9780199684991
  • The Politics of Humiliation: A Modern History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. ISBN 978-0198820314


  • Moral economies (Geschichte und Gesellschaft: Sonderheft No. 26). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019. ISBN 9783525364260


  1. ^ Profile page for "Ute Frevert". Leopoldina. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  2. ^ "British Academy Welcomes 59 New Fellows". British Academy. 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Ordensverleihung zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit" (in German). President of Germany. bundespraesident.de. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Wahl zum Konstanzer Universitätsrat: Eine Wiederwahl, eine Neubestellung" (in German), section "Über Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ute Frevert". Universität Konstanz. Retrieved 29 May 2020.

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