William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and History and Department Chair
University of Virginia Sociology Department
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Sociology of Culture, Social Theory, Historical Sociology
Jeffrey Olick is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and History and Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia. He is Co-President of the Memory Studies Association (memorystudiesassociation.org) and Director of The Memory Project (memoryproject.virginia.edu), part of The Democracy Initiative (democracyinitiative.virginia.edu). Olick is also an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.
Olick 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). Before joining the faculty at UVa, Olick was a member of the sociology department faculty at Columbia University in New York City for eleven years.
Olick is a cultural and historical sociologist whose work has focused on collective memory and commemoration, critical theory, transitional justice, postwar Germany, and sociological theory more generally. Forthcoming books include a six-volume collection, A Cultural History of Memory, edited with Stefan Berger (Bochum) (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/a-cultural-history-of-memory-9781474273848/), as well as new translations and critical editions of two books by Maurice Halbwachs in collaboration with Sarah Daynes (UNC-Greensboro) (The Collective Memory and The Legendary Topography of the Gospels in the Holy Land). Further work, together with Christina Simko (Williams College), includes developing the outlines of what they call “tragic sociology.”
Olick frequently speaks at universities, conferences, and public forums around the world, and 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
The Collective Memory Reader
Edited with Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy
Oxford University Press, 2011.
Guilt and Defense: On the Legacies of National Socialism in Postwar Germany
Theodor W. Adorno; Edited, translated, and introduced by Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin
Harvard University Press, 2010.
Group Experiment and Other Writings: The Frankfurt School on Public Opinion in Postwar Germany
Friedrich Pollock and Theodor W. Adorno; Edited, translated, and introduced by Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin
Harvard University Press, 2011.
States of Memory: Continuities, Conflicts, and Transformations in National Retrospection
Duke University Press, 2003.
"The Agonies of Defeat: 'Other Germanies' and the Problem of Collective Guilt"
"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.