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Elizabeth Heineman

Lisa Heineman
Modern Germany and Europe
Gender and Sexuality
Historical memory
Human Rights and Atrocity
170 Schaeffer Hall
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T: 3:30pm - 5:00pm; W: 1:30pm - 3:00pm or by appointment
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Lisa Heineman has been at the UI since 1999 and teaches courses in Germany, Europe, women, and gender. Her past research has examined gender, war, and memory in Germany; welfare states in comparative perspective (Fascist, Communist, and Democratic); and the significance of marital status for women. Out of this research came a book, What Difference Does a Husband Make: Women and Marital Status in Nazi and Postwar Germany (University of California Press, 1999) and many articles, including "The Hour of Women: Memories of Germany's 'Crisis Years' and West German National Identity" American Historical Review (1996).

With her 2002 article, "Sexuality and Nazism: The Doubly Unspeakable?" (Journal of the History of Sexuality), she began to work more intensely on the history of sexuality. In 2011, she published Before Porn was Legal: The Erotica Empire of Beate Uhse (University of Chicago Press) (Listen to a New Books in History podcast interview regarding this book here) and The History of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights (editor, University of Pennsylvania Press). She is also author of the memoir Ghostbelly (Feminist Press, 2014)

Professor Heineman received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. She is the 2010 recipient of the AICGS/DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies


Professor Heineman teaches classes on Germany and Europe in the twentieth century, the history of gender and sexuality in modern Europe, and Western Civilization. She also regularly teaches graduate seminars in modern European History. Courses recently taught include:

  • HIST:1403  Western Civilization III
  • HIST:2151  Introduction to the History Major: Nazi Germany
  • HIST:2465  Europe Since 1945
  • HIST:3157 Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
  • HIST:4475  Germany Since 1914 - Weimar, Hitler & After
  • HIST:4478  The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • HIST:6410  Teaching Proseminar
  • HIST:7435  Readings in Women, Men & Gender in Modern Europe
  • HIST:7455  Seminar Modern Europe

Awards & Service

  • Senior Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study (2012-13)
  • Host, New Books in Gender and Sexuality (New Books Network) (2011-12)
  • Collegiate Scholar (2013-15) 
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, University of Iowa (2008-2014)
  • Academic Coordinator, Sexuality Studies Program (2007-2010)
  • Executive Board, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (2007-2012)
  • Faculty Scholar Award, University of Iowa (August 2004-July 2007)
  • Howard Foundation Fellowship (August 2003-July 2004)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2003)
  • Dean's Scholar, University of Iowa (2002-2003)
  • DAAD Faculty Fellowship (2000)
  • American Philosophical Society Research Grant (1998)
  • German Marshall Fund Fellowship (1997-1998)
  • James Bryant Conant Fellowship, Center for European Studies, Harvard University (1995-1996)