Jeffrey K. Olick

Jeffrey K. Olick

Professor of Sociology and History, and Sociology Department Chair

UVa Faculty Fellow

Jeffrey K. Olick is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Virginia, and Sociology Department Chair. 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. He is author of
In the House of the Hangman: The Agonies of German Defeat,1943-1949
(U of Chicago Press, 2005) and The Politics of Regret: On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility (Routledge, 2007).

His 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.

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