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Richard Bodek

Professor of History, Coordinator Faculty Liberal Arts and Sciences Colloquium

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 221
Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:30 and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8030

Richard Bodek earned a BA in Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 1990. His teaching interests roam widely from science fiction to detective fiction to popular culture to radical politics. This wide-ranging curiosity is also reflected in his research. His work as a labor historian is shown in Proletarian Performance in Weimar Berlin: Agitprop, Chorus, and Brecht, which argues that many works of Weimar modernism emerged from proletarian forms and a proletarian aesthetic sphere. His interest in intellectual history prompted th co-edited volume, The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Immigration to America in the Age of Fascism. His interest in cultural anthropology emerges in Maroonage/Marronage: Maroons in Culture, History, and Society. Finally, his continuing interest in the ‘Golden Twenties’  prompted his translation of Claire Bergmann’s 1932 German novel (banned by the Nazis), Was wird aus deinen Kindern, Pitt? (What Will Become of the Children?). At present, he is at work on a history of murder in Occupied Germany.


PhD, The University of Michigan, 1990
BA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1982

Research Interests


Working-class and Popular Culture

Science Fiction

Weimar Culture

Radical Politics

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

Dr. 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:

“Lest Darkness Fall: Castaways in Time and Space in Popular Turn-of-the-Century Fiction,” Richard Bodek and Joseph Kelly (eds.) Maroonage/Marronage: Maroons in Culture, History, and Society (University Press of Mississippi, Forthcoming).

“Pulp Fiction and American Identity: Intertextuality, Technology, Ethnicity, and Violence in Argosy, 1937,” Tim Nieguth, (ed.), Everyday Nationalism in North America (McGill-Queen's University Press, Forthcoming).

“Reading Non-sequentially: Teaching Great Books in Conversation With One Another,” Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (Forthcoming).

“Crime and Criminality in Berlin: An Assessment of the Historical Literature,” Journal of Urban History (March, 2019).

“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).