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Frank Biess Frank Biess
Humanities and Social Science Bldg., Room 4047
Phone: (858) 822-2643



  • Brown University, Ph.D., 2000
  • Washington University, St.Louis, M.A. (European Studies, 1992; History, 1993)
  • University of Tübingen, Germany (1990-1991)
  • University of Marburg, Germany (1988-1990)


  • University of California President's Fellowship in the Humanities (2012/13, 2002/03)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship (1/11/2007-4/30/2009)
  • University of California, San Diego Hellmann Fellowship (2004/05), Faculty Career Development Grant (2003/04), Instructional Improvement Grant (2003/04)
  • Jürgen Heideking Fellowship, German Historical Institute-Thyssen Foundation (2002/03)
  • Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize (German Historical Institute, Washington DC), 2000
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University), 1999



  • German Angst? Fear and Democracy in Postwar West Germany (under contract with Oxford University Press)
  • Science and Emotions after 1945. A Transatlantic Perspective. Ed. with Daniel Gross, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014)
  • Histories of the Aftermath: The Legacies of the Second World War in Europe. Ed. with Robert Moeller (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010)
  • Conflict, Continuity, and Catastrophe in Modern Germany. Ed. with Hanna Schissler and Mark Roseman (New York: Berghahn Books, 2007)
  • Homecomings. Returning POWs and the Legacies of Defeat in Postwar Germany (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).

Articles and Chapters (Selected):

  • Introduction: “Science and Emotions after 1945 – A Transatlantic Perspective.,” co-authored with Daniel Gross, in Frank Biess and Daniel Gross, eds, Science and Emotions after 1945. A Transatlantic Perspective (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014)
  • “The Concept of Panic in Postwar Germany: Military Psychiatry and Emotional Preparation for Nuclear War in the West German Army,” in Frank Biess and Daniel Gross, eds, Science and Emotions after 1945. A Transatlantic Perspective (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014)
  • “Moral Panic in Postwar Germany: The Abduction of Young Germans into the Foreign Legion and French Colonialism in the 1950s,” Journal of Modern History 84 (2012): 789-832.
  • “Thinking after Hitler: The New Intellectual History of the Federal Republic of Germany,” History and Theory 51/2 (2012): 212-45.
  • "Feelings in the Aftermath: Toward a History of Postwar Emotions" in Biess and Moeller, ed., Histories of the Aftermath. The Legacies of the Second World War in Europe (New York: Berghahn Books, 2010), 30-48.
  • "'Everybody Has a Chance'." Civil Defense . Nuclear Angst , and the History of Emotions in Postwar Germany" in German History 27/2 (2009), 215-43.
  • "Die Sensibilisierung des Subjekts: Angst und "neue Subjektivität" in den 1970er Jahren,” in Werkstatt Geschichte 49 (2008): 51-72.
  • "Men of Reconstruction, the Reconstruction of Men. Returning POWs in East and West Germany," in Home/Front. The Military, War, and Gender in Twentieth Century Germany. Eds. Karen Hagemann and Stephanie Schüler-Springorum (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2002), 335-58.
  • "Survivors of Totalitarianism: Returning POWs and the Reconstruction of Masculine Citizenship in West Germany, 1945-1955," in The Miracle Years Revisited. A Cultural History of West Germany. Ed. Hanna Schissler (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), 57-82.
  • "'Pioneers of a New Germany'. Returning POWs from the Soviet Union and the Making of East German Citizens, 1945-1950," in Central European History 32 (1999): 143-180.
  • "Vom Opfer zum Überlebenden des Totalitarismus: Westdeutsche Reaktionen auf die Rückkehr der Kriegsgefangenen aus der Sowjetunion, 1945-1955," in Kriegsgefangenschaft im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Eine vergleichende Perspektive. Eds. Günter Bischof and Rüdiger Overmans (Ternitz-Pottschach: Verlag Gerhard Höller, 1998), 365-389.


Lower Division:

  • MMW 15: The Making of the Modern World: The 20th Century and Beyond

Upper Division:

  • HIEU 154: Modern Germany: From Unification to Nazism
  • HIEU 119: Modern Italy: From the Risorgimento to the Present
  • HIEU 128: Europe since 1945
  • HITO 133: World War II/War and Society
  • HITO 140: History of Emotions

Freshmen Seminars:

  • The Americanization of Europe
  • Critics of Communism: Reading Eastern European Dissidents
  • The German Resistance against Hitler

Undergraduate Seminars:

  • History and Memory
  • Nazi Germany
  • Nazi Europe: Occupation, Collaboration, and Resistance
  • The Two Germanies since 1945

Graduate Seminars:

  • HIGR 200: History and Theory
  • HIGR 222: The Literature of European History, 1850-present
  • HIGR 224: Readings in Modern German History: 19th/20th Century
  • HIGR 231: Research Seminar in Modern European History