Jeffrey Olick

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and History and Department Chair

University of Virginia Sociology Department
Randall 202
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office Hours:
Thursdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and by appointment
Research Interests:

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 also Co-President of the Memory Studies Association (memorystudiesassociation.org). 

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, as his work has been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Turkish, Estonian, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.