Team photo 2016
Team photo 2016

Please note: the first session of Prof. Gienow-Hecht's courses this semester ("The U.S. and Other Empires in World History" and "Canadian History in the World") will be next week, 26 October, not 19 October. The first session will be made up later in the semester.

Office hours

Prof. Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht: Students wishing to speak with Prof. Gienow-Hecht during office hours, please enter your name on the list located on the pin board next to room 216. Students wishing to contact Prof. Gienow-Hecht via email, please write first to Verena Specht at; students who wish to ask Prof. Gienow-Hecht for a letter of recommendation should likewise contact Frau Specht at the same email address above.

Prof. Gienow-Hecht's office hours for the winter semester will be on Wednesdays. 12 - 1pm, starting 26 October.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Jobs: Mondays, 10 - 11am.

Prof. em. Dr. Knud Krakau: appointment via email with description only.

Office hours: Mondays, 9 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm. On Monday, 17 October, the office will only be occuped from 9am - 1pm.

History Department Profile

The Department of History at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies offers a range of courses designed to familiarize students with the past and foster their ability to think clearly and critically, to write effectively, and to read intelligently. Departmental courses cover the breadth of the human experience across the entire North American continent as well as the region’s interaction with the rest of the world -- a complex subject matter that can be retraced in a wealth of archival sources, intricate literature and diverse teaching styles. Students begin by taking introductory survey courses, then sign up for classes helping them to narrow down their specific interest. Courses focus on the history of United States, Canada, the Atlantic World, and the region’s interaction with Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific Rim. Subjects include but are not limited to politics, diplomacy, minorities, women, economics, intellectual ideas, and law.

The Department offers courses of study leading to the B.A. and the M. A. in North American Studies as well as the Ph.D. degree in history. Our courses are open to students of North American Studies as well as to students of history (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut). Moreover, students of related fields such as English, political science, international relations, area studies, law and related fields can likewise participate in individual courses after consultation with the instructor. All courses require students to have a Blackboard account.


Freie Universität Berlin
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History
Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin

Front Office
Verena Specht (Room 215)
Telephone +49 30 838 52474


Department Chair
Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht