Dr. Erik Jensen

Contact Information

History Department
Room 238 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 9297
Office hours:  M 4:15-6:15, and by appointment
Erik Jensen

Associate Professor of History


PhD 2003, University of Wisconsin at Madison

MA, University of Wisconsin at Madison

BA, Harvard University

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • Modern Europe
  • 20th century Germany
  • Gender, sexuality, the body
  • Sports
Courses Recently Taught: 
  • HST 198 World History since 1500
  • HST 206 Historical Inquiry
  • HST 296 World History since 1945
  • HST 301 Age of Revolutions: Europe 1750-1850
  • HST 330 The German Century: Central Europe 1914-1989
  • HST 359 Junior Honors Colloquium
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Honors
  • HST 471/571 The Age of Bismarck
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: European Modernity 1890-1930
Selected Publications: 
  • "Female Fatigue: The Women's 800 Meters in Weimar Germany" in A Whole New Game: International Sports and the Creation of a Global Public, 1896-1989, ed. Uta Balbier and Stefan Wiederkehr (Palgrave, expected 2012).
  • "Sweat Equity: Sports and the Self-Made German, 1918-1933" in Weimar Culture Revisited, ed. John Williams (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).
  • Dr. Jensen's recent book, Body by Weimar: Athletes, Gender, and German Modernity, argues that competitive athletes redefined the roles and expectations of men and women in Germany in the 1920s.  (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • “Between Sensationalism and Sport: Women’s Boxing in Weimar Germany,” American Council on Germany Fellowship E-Newsletter, no. 2, 2007.
  • “Images of the Ideal: Sports, Gender, and the Emergence of the Modern Body in Weimar Germany,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, Issue 36, 2005.
  • “Crowd Control: Boxing Spectatorship and Social Order in Weimar Germany,” Histories of Leisure, ed. Rudy Koshar, Berg, 2002.
  • “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: 

Dr. Jensen is currently working on a history of the Weimar Republic, Germany's turbulent and restlessly experimental democratic period between the end of World War I and the rise of the Nazi regime.  Longman Pearson will publish the book as part of its "Seminar Series in History."