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Richard Bodek

Professor of History, Coordinator Faculty Liberal Arts & Sciences Colloquium

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 221
Office Hours: MW12:30-2
Phone: 843.953.8030

Richard Bodek is author of Proletarian Performance in Weimar Berlin: Agitprop, Chorus, and Brecht,  co-editor with Simon Lewis of The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Immigration to America in the Age of Fascism, and translator of Claire Bergmann's 1932 German novel (banned by the Nazis), Was wird aus deinen Kindern, Pitt? (What Will Become of the Children?). 


1990 - Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Interests

 Berlin, Weimar Germany, and the intersection of technology and culture in the postwar western world(specifically radio in the 1940s and 1950s and motorcycles from the 1950s to the present)

Courses Taught

Berlin in the Golden Twenties
Modern German Cultural and Intellectual History
History of the Soviet Union
Nazi Germany in History and Pop Culture
European Labor and the Left

Honors and Awards

Bodek has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the German Academic Exchange Service.


Recent articles include:

“Max Horkheimer and ‘The Jews and Europe’”: A Re-Evaluation,” Richard Bodek and Simon Lewis (eds.) The Fruits of Exile, Central European Intellectual Emigration to America in the Age of Fascism (University of South Carolina Press, 2010).

“A Political Tevye?  Yiddish Literature and the Novels of Stefan Heym,” Benjamin Lapp et al. (eds.)  Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today. (Berghahn Books, 2008).

“Agitprop,” Jay Winter and John Merriman, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004 (Scribners, 2006).