Dr. Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen

Associate Professor of History

238 Upham Hall

Office hours: Email Professor Jensento schedule an online appointment. (Google Meet preferred)
  • PhD 2003, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • MA 1996, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • BA 1989, Harvard University

Teaching and Research Interests 

  • The Weimar Republic
  • 19th and 20th Century Germany
  • Europe since 1750
  • Histories of gender, sexuality, the body

Courses Recently Taught

  • HST 198 World History since 1500
  • HST 231 Genocides in the 20th Century
  • HST 296 World History since 1945
  • HST 331 Industry & Empire -- Europe, 1850-1914
  • HST 333 Reconstruction -- Europe since 1945
  • HST 400B Senior Capstone: Senior Capstone in History -- The Weimar Republic
  • HST 410B 20th Century Germany
  • HST 602 History and Theories

Selected Publications 

  • James Steakley, die schwule Presse und die Entstehung eines gemeinsamen Geschichtsbewußtseins” (James Steakley, the Gay Press, and the Emergence of a Collective Historical Memory), in Dies- und jenseits des Großen Teichs. Festschrift für James Steakley zum 75. Geburtstag (On This Side and the Other of the Big Pond: Commemorative Volume for James Steakley on his 75th Birthday), Florian Mildenberger and Wolfram Setz, eds. (Bibliothek rosa Winkel, 2021).
  • “Matters of Interpretation:  Locating the Thresholds of Historical Thinking,” in Changing Conceptions, Changing Practices: Threshold Concepts and Innovative Learning Across Disciplines, Angela Glotfelter, Caitlin Martin, Mandy Olejnik, Ann Updike, and Elizabeth Wardle, eds. (Utah State University Press, 2021).
  •  “Arousing Cheer:  Exhibitionism in Men’s Sports from Weimar to the Present,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport, Rory Magrath, Jamie Cleland, and Eric Anderson, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).
  • “Sports and Sexuality,” in The Oxford Handbook of Sports History, Robert Edelman and Wayne Wilson, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Body by Weimar: Athletes, Gender, and German Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • “The Pink Triangle and Political Consciousness: Gays, Lesbians, and the Memory of Nazi Persecution,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 11, nos. 1-2, 2002.

Selected Grants and Awards 

Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture, sponsored by the American Council on Germany, 2006

Work in Progress 

I am completing a textbook overview of the Weimar Republic—Germany between 1918 and 1933—on behalf of Routledge Press.  I am also finishing the edits and introductions for a revised collection of online documents (in English translation) for the “Weimar Republic” section of the website German History in Documents and Images (GHDI), supported by the German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.).  The relaunch of this free online resource for teachers of German history in the English-speaking world, including all areas from the Reformation to the present, is anticipated for 2022.

Finally, I am working on a biography of the early 20th-century writer, athlete, and tastemaker Paula von Reznicek, situated against the backdrop of German history. The focal point of this project will be the 25-volume diary that Reznicek—who was half Jewish—kept while accompanying her celebrity husband on a morale-building tour of the front lines of the German war front during the Second World War.