Jeffrey Olick is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Virginia, and Sociology Department Chair.
He 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).
While he has published on a wide variety of topics, his interests to date have focused particularly on collective memory, critical theory, transitional justice, and postwar Germany.
Current projects include on-going work on these topics, as well as editing a six-volume Cultural History of Memory and developing the outlines of “tragic sociology,” an approach with origins in Nietzsche’s writings on suffering and Weber’s sociological approach to theodicy.
He works with students on collective memory, sociological theory, symbolic politics, and history and theory of ideas and meanings, among other topics.
His work has been translated into Spanish, German, Polish, Turkish, Estonian, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.