Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ute Frevert

Previous Visiting Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Human Development


Ute Frevert is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, where she is leading the Research Center for the History of Emotions since 2008. Between 2003 and 2007, she was Professor of German History at Yale University and taught History at the Universities of Konstanz, Bielefeld and at Freie Universität Berlin.

Ute Frevert’s research interests include history of emotions, social and cultural history of modern times, gender history and political history. Her books and articles have been published in numerous languages. Major publications in English include The Politics of Humiliation: A Modern History (Oxford, 2020) and Emotional Lexicons: Continuity and Change in the Vocabulary of Feeling 1700-2000 (co-authored; Oxford, 2014). Her new book Mächtige Gefühle: Von A wie Angst bis Z wie Zuneigung – Deutsche Geschichte seit 1900, appeared in 2020 (Frankfurt a.M.).

Ute Frevert is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.