William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and History and Department Chair
University of Virginia Sociology Department
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Jeffrey Olick is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Sociology Department Chair.
He received a B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College (1986) and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale (1993).
While he has published on a wide variety of topics, his interests to date have focused particularly on collective memory, critical theory, transitional justice, and postwar Germany.
Current projects include on-going work on these topics, as well as editing a six-volume Cultural History of Memory and developing the outlines of “tragic sociology,” an approach with origins in Nietzsche’s writings on suffering and Weber’s sociological approach to theodicy.
He works with students on collective memory, sociological theory, symbolic politics, and history and theory of ideas and meanings, among other topics.
His work has been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Turkish, Estonian, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat,1943-1949
University of Chicago Press, 2005.
The Sins of the Fathers: Germany, Memory, Method
University of Chicago Press, 2016
Edited with Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy
The Collective Memory Reader
Oxford University Press, 2011.
Theodor W. Adorno; Edited, translated, and introduced by Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin
Guilt and Defense: On the Legacies of National Socialism in Postwar Germany
Harvard University Press, 2010.
Friedrich Pollock and Theodor W. Adorno; Edited, translated, and introduced by Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin
Group Experiment and Other Writings: The Frankfurt School on Public Opinion in Postwar Germany
Harvard University Press, 2011.
States of Memory: Continuities, Conflicts, and Transformations in National Retrospection
Duke University Press, 2003.
"From Collective Memory to the Sociology of Mnemonic Practices and Products," in Cultural Memory Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook, edited by Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nunning. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008.