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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

Department Chair
Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht

Front Office
Cyntia Kossmann (Room 215)

Telephone: 838 52 474


Office Hours

Due to the continuing COVID-19 measures, office hours will take place via Webex or telephone only. 

Summer Semester 2021

Prof. Gienow-Hecht: Wednesdays, 12 am -1 pm. Please register here for a time slot.  

Prof. Jobs: no office hours because of research leave.

Prof. Kunkel: Tuesdays, 2 - 3 pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.

Prof. Brown: Fridays, 4 - 5 pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.

A. Rauscher: Wednesdays, 2 - 3 pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.

A. Hjorthén: Mondays, 1 - 2 pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.

B. Bouwman: Thursdays, 12 am - 1 pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.

M. Voigt: Tuesdays, 8 - 9 pm. Please write an email to make an appointment.

The front office can be reached by email (history@jfki.fu-berlin.de) or during phone hours: Mon 9am-5pm; Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-1pm; Wed 10am-2pm (838-52474).


If you require a letter of recommendation, please get in touch 8 weeks BEFORE the deadline by filling out this form and sending it in as well as your cv and a current transcript of records.

For requests regarding thesis supervision, please send in an overview of your research interest and a current transcript of records prior to the meeting. 

Course Credits and Conversion of Courses: If you need course credits from other Universities, want to convert credits or if you need credits for General Professional Skills Courses (ABV), please download our new digital form, complete it and send it with a scan of necessary transcripts to anrechung@jfki.fu-berlin.de. For more detailed information as well as for templates, please see here.

If you'd like to register your BA/MA thesis: there will be a digital form, too. Until then, if you simply need a signature, please use the regular form and send it as a PDF to history@jfki.fu-berlin.de. After signing we will send it to the Prüfungsbüro.



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