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Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Heineman

University of Iowa

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
D-79104 Freiburg im Breisgau


Born 1962; 1988 MA at the University of North Carolina in History; 1993 PhD; 1993-99 Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University; 1999-present Associate Professor, University of Iowa; DAAD Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in German and European Studies, 2010; New Millennium Writings Prize in Literary Non-Fiction, 2012.

Honorable mentions:
Barbara “Penny” Kanner Book Prize (2011); Fraenkel Book Prize (1998); Conference Group for Central European History of the American Historical Association Article Prize (1998)

Major Fellowships:
FRIAS, September 2012 – June 2013; Faculty Scholar, University of Iowa, 2004-07; National Endowment for the Humanities (2003); American Philosophical Society (1994, 1998, 2011); German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (1990-91, 2000); German Marshall Fund (1997-98); James Bryant Conant Fellowship at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University (1995-96); American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (1992)



  • Before Porn was Legal: The Erotica Empire of Beate Uhse. University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights. Editor and author of Introduction, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
  • “Sexuality in West Germany: Post-Fascist, Post-War, Post-Weimar, or Post-Wilhelmine?”  Mit dem Wandel leben. Tradition, Neuorientierung und Transformation in der Bundesrepublik der 50er und 60er Jahre, ed. Friedrich Kießling and Bernhard Rieger, Oldenbourg Verlag, 2010.
  • “Jörg Schröder: Linkes Verlagswesen und Pornografie” in Das linksalternative Milieu, ed. Sven Reichardt and Detlef Siegfried. Hamburg: Wallstein-Verlag, 2010.
  • “The Economic Miracle in the Bedroom: Big Business and Sexual Consumer Culture in Reconstruction West Germany,” Journal of Modern History 78/4 (2006): 846-877
  • “Der Mythos Beate Uhse: Respektabilität, Geschichte und autobiographisches Marketing in der frühen Bundesrepublik,” WerkstattGeschichte, 14/5 (2005): 69-92.
  • “Gender, Sexuality, and Coming to Terms with the Past in Germany,” Central European History, 38/1 (2005): 41-74.
  • “Sexuality and Nazism: The Doubly Unspeakable?” Journal of the History of Sexuality 11/1-2 (2002): 22-66; reprinted in Sexuality and German Fascism, ed. Dagmar Herzog. Oxford, NY: Berghahn Books, 2005.
  • What Difference Does a Husband Make? Marital Status in Nazi and Postwar Germany. U. California Press, 1999, paperback edition 2003.
  • ”The Hour of the Women: Memories of Germany’s ‘Crisis Years’ and West German National Identity,” American Historical Review 101/2 (April 1996): 354-95, translated as „Die Stunde der Frauen: Erinnerungen an Deutschlands ‚Krisenjahre’ und westdeutsche nationale Identität” and reprinted in Nachkrieg in Deutschland, ed. Klaus Naumann. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2001, pp. 149-177.




"Kindertransport: A Family History"

Kindertransport: A Family History takes a microhistorical approach to explore the history of emotions in the Holocaust. Studies of affect and those targeted for persecution have focused on the ways persecution shaped survivors’ (and their children’s) subsequent emotional lives. The current study takes a more multi-directional approach, considering equally the ways family dynamics and emotion shaped people’s ways of negotiating National Socialism in the first place, and taking into account continuities as well as ruptures in persecutees’ emotional and relational worlds. Drawing on the author’s own family history, it contemplates the evidence of family story-telling as well as archival sources, material and cultural artefacts, and formal oral histories in reconstructing worlds of emotion. Finally, it explores the relationship between analysing or historicizing emotion on the one hand, communicating it on the other, by employing both historical and literary methods.