Graduate Faculty

Davis, Belinda

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  • Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Education
  • Department: Department of History
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  • Office: 107 Van Dyck Hall



Ph.D., University of Michigan

B.A., Wesleyan University

Research Interests

Belinda Davis, Associate Professor, is author or co-editor of three books and more than thirty articles, on topics including popular politics, gender and activism, history of everyday life, policing and terror, and consumption. Please see for more information.  Her graduate students have completed or are completing dissertations on topics ranging from Turkish “guestworkers” in West Germany, to identities in German-Polish borderlands, to postwar German memory and the Balkan crisis, to sexualities in twentieth-century Germany and Hungary.

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>Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 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 Publications


  • The Internal Life of Politics: The New Left in West Germany, 1962-1983 (in preparation)
  • 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)
  • 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 Articls and Book Chapters:

  • “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; also “Introduction,” with W. Mausbach, M. Klimke, C. MacDougall, in ibid, vii-xix
  • “Transnation/Transculture:  Gender and Politicization in and out of the BRD, 1950s-1970s,” in M. Ineichen, et al, eds., Gender in Trans-it: Transkulturelle und Transnationale Perspectiven/Transcultural and Transnational Perspectives (Basel: Chronos, 2009), 51-67
  • “Europe is a Woman, America is a Woman?”, Europa ist eine Frau, Themenportal Europäische Geschichte (, November 2009
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “The Private is Political: Gender, Politics, and Political Activism in Modern German History,” in Jean Quataert and Karen Hagemann, eds., Gendering Modern German History: Rewriting Historiography (New York: Berghahn, 2007), 107-127; German translation Frankfurt/M: Campus, 2008
  • “The Street,” with Emanuelle Cronier, et al, in Jay Winter et al, Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin, Vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) (contributing author)
  • “Jenseits von Terror und Rückzug: Die Suche nach politischem Raum und Verhandlungsstrategien in der BRD der 70er Jahre,” in H.-G. Haupt, et al, eds., Terrorismus in der Bundesrepublik. Medien, Staat und Subkulturen in den 1970er Jahren (Frankfurt/M: Campus, 2006), 154-186
  • "Violence and Memory of the Nazi past in 1960s-70s West German Protest," in P. Gassert and A. Steinweis, eds., Coping with the Nazi Past: West German Debates on Nazism and Generational Conflict, 1955-1975 (New York: Berghahn, 2006), 210-37
  • “’Women’s Strength Against Their Crazy Male Power’. Gendered Language in the West German Peace Movement of the 1980s,” in J. A. Davy, K. Hagemann, and U. Kätzel, eds., Frieden - Gewalt - Geschlecht. Friedens- und Konfliktforschung als Geschlechterforschung (Essen: Klartext, 2005), 244-65
  • "Everyday' Protest, Violence, and the Culture of Conflict in Berlin, 1840-1980," in C. Mauch and A. Daum, eds., Berlin - Washington, 1800-2000: Capital Cities, Cultural Representation, and National Identities (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Professional Affiliation

  • Advisory Board, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, 2009-
  • Associate Editor, Signs, 2005-
  • 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

Courses Offered


  • 510:102 Development of Europe II
  • 510:327 20th Century Europe
  • 510:363 History of Germany From 1871 to the Present
  • 506:402 Seminar: Political Protest and Social Change in Europe and the U.S. (also courses in European Studies)


  • 510:539 Colloquium in Women, Politics, and Everyday Life (also courses in Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • 510:549 Seminar in Women's & Gender History
  • 510:567 Colloquium in German and European History
  • 510:599 PDR in Modern Europ
  • 510:615/616 Seminar in European History