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Prof. Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht

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Chair of History Department

Lansstraße 7-9
Raum 216
14195 Berlin
+49 30 838 52873


Winter Semester 2023/24:

Mondays, 1pm in room 216

Office hours on Monday, February 12th are postponed to Tuesday, February 13th from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Please join Prof. Gienow-Hecht in her personal Webex room: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/meet/j.gienow

All students seeking to contact Prof. Gienow-Hecht, please write to: historystudents@jfki.fu-berlin.de.

If you wish to obtain a recommendation, please request and submit the necessary documents (this form, your cv and a current transcript of records) to historystudents@jfki.fu-berlin.de at least 8 weeks prior to the due date

If you wish to compose your qualification thesis under the supervision of Prof. Gienow-Hecht, please submit a proposal (outline, research question, sources, bibliography) to historystudents@jfki.fu-berlin.de and come to office hours at least 8 weeks prior to the official registration date. Note that to complete a MA thesis, you need to have participated in the MA colloquium North American history.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht was interviewed by Sciences Po in regard to culture and international history in Paris. The full interview can be found here.

"50th anniversary of the John-F.-Kennedy-Fellowship anniversary at the Minda de Günzburg Center at Harvard University, September 2017. For more, see: 50th Anniversary… | Center for European Studies at Harvard University

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Kurt Maaß, former director of the institute für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart. ifa/Weidenbach


University Professor of History at Freie Universität Berlin

Chair, Department of History, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS), its Research Unit Borders, and the Project "Gender, Borders, Memory"

SCRIPTS: https://www.scripts-berlin.eu

Borders: https://www.scripts-berlin.eu/research/research-units/borders/index.html

"Gender, Borders, Memory": https://www.scripts-berlin.eu/research/research-projects/General-Research-Projects/Gender_-Borders_-Memory/index.html

Board Member, Wissenschaftlicher Initiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen Stuttgart: https://www.ifa.de/ueber-uns/

Academic Positions


Visiting Professor, Department of History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


Visiting Professor, Centre d'histoire, Sciences Po, Alfred Grosser Chair, Paris


Global Humanities Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

Since 2013

Chair of the Department of History, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin


Full Professor of International History, University of Cologne


Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto


Heisenberg-Fellow, German Research Council, Center for North American Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main


Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University


Research Fellow, German Research Council, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University


Visiting Fellow, Workshop "Global America," Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University


John F. Kennedy Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University


Deputy Director, Center for U.S. Studies, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Bielefeld



Ph.D. (Habilitation), Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg; "Music and Emotions in German-American Relations since 1850”


Ph.D. History, University of Virginia; "Cultural Transmission and the U.S. Occupation in Germany. The Neue Zeitung, 1945-55."


Master of Arts, University of Virginia


Intermediate Exam (B.A.), History, French, Economic and Social History, Spanish, RWTH Aachen


Certificat de l'Alliance Française II, École Internationale Videmanette


Abitur, Humboldt-Gymnasium, Düsseldorf (Latin Grammar School)


Awards and Fellowships


Global Humanities Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, Harvard University


Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award (for Sound Diplomacy)


Heisenberg Fellowship, German Research Council (5 years)


Young Scholars Prize, City of Krefeld


Research Fellowship, German Research Council


John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund Award, Harvard University


Visiting Fellowship, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University


Myrna F. Bernath Prize (for Transmission Impossible), Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)


Gilder Lehrman Research Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City


Stuart L. Bernath Prize (for Transmission Impossible), SHAFR


John-F.-Kennedy-Stipendium, German Academic Exchange Service and Center for European Studies, Harvard University


Fulbright Research Fellowship (declined in favor of JFK fellowship)


Bernard & Audre Rapoport Fellowship,American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati


Goldsmith Research Award, Joan Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Quadrille Ball Fellowship, Germanistic Society of America


Research Grant, Harry S. Truman Library Institute


Research Fellowship for Younger German Scholars for American History, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Berlin


Study Grant, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia


Research grant, Axel-Springer-Stiftung, Berlin


Academic Enhancement Fellowship, University of Virginia


Music and the Nation Group

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

German Association for American Studies

Deutscher Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen


Services to the Profession

Since 2024

Member of the Ways and Means Committee, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations


Member of the Executive Committee, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Since 2020

Member of the editorial board, Diplomacy & Statecraft

Since 2019

Selection Committee, Michael H. Hunt Prize for International History

Since 2016

Selection Committee, Research Award, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart


Member of the board for the Dissertationspreis Internationale Geschichte der AG Internationale Geschichte

Since 2015

Reviewer, American Academy, Berlin

Since 2013

Selection Committee, Doctoral Fellowships, Graduate School for North American Studies (GSNAS), John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin


Committee Member, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Selection Committee, John F. Kennedy Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service

Since 2011

Member of the Executive Committee of the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD), Kyoto, Japan


Membership Committee (The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations)

Since 2006

Advisory Board, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin

Advisory Board, European Journal of American Studies (EAAS)


Prize Committee, Bernath Article Prize, Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)


Editorial Board, Diplomatic History







Fluent in speaking & reading; good in writing


Good in reading, advanced in speaking, basic in writing


Basic in speaking in reading, beginner in writing

BA and MA students from both the John F. Kennedy Institute as well as the Friedrich Meinecke Institute are cordially invited to enroll in Jessica Gienow-Hecht’s seminars. Students who wish her to serve as first reader of BA and MA theses are requested to take at least one of her seminars.



Winter Semester 2023/24


Understanding North America A, James Dorson, Martin Lüthe, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Fridays, 10:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:00

The United States and Other Empires, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 14:00-16:00


MA Colloquium History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 18:00-20:00

Summer Semester 2023


The American and Other Revolutions, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 14:00-16:00*


Disciplinary Methods in the Study of History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 18:00 - 20:00

Winter Semester 2022/23


Disciplinary Methods in the Study of History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 18:00 - 20:00

Summer Semester 2021


The United States and Other Empires, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 14:00-16:00


Race and Music, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Brandon Keith Brown, Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00

20th Century U.S. History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Wednesdays, 8:00-10:00

Advanced Disciplinary Theory and Methods in the Study of History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays, 17:00-18:30

Winter Semester 2020/21


The American and Other Revolutions in World History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays 16:00-18:00

Coping with Fear: Disaster and Disease in North America, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Wednesdays 18:00-20:00


COVID-19, Dust Bowl, and Katrina: Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Disasters and Human Responses, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Wednesdays 10:00-12:00

MA-Colloquium History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Mondays 18:00-20:00

Research Projects:

  • Project Investigator, Research Unit “Borders” (Excellence Cluster Contestations of the Liberal SCRIPT/SCRIPTS).
  • Project Investigator with Gülay Caglar. "Gender, Borders, Memory" (Excellence Cluster Contestations of the Liberal Script/SCRIPTS).
  • Project Investigator, "The Quest for Harmony: Classical Music, Emotion, and the Discount of Human Rights in the United States since World War II." DFG-Projekt.
  • Who Is Part of Humanity? Gender, Humanitarianism and the War of 1898 in Cuba. Click here for more information.
  • "Music and Human Rights Since World War Two: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary Concerts, 1949-2016” (Arbeitstitel, research essay).
  • “Der stolze Staat: Wie nationale Identitäten gemacht und verkauft werden”  (Arbeitstitel, Buchprojekt).

Research Statement and Projects

How did and does political legitimacy relate to cultural projection? How did and do empires such as the United States and middle-power states such as Canada seek to achieve geopolitical influence by non-violent means?  How did and does power affect the definition of humanity?

My field of expertise is the interplay between cultural projection and interaction on the one hand, and the desire for geopolitical legitimacy and influence on the other from the early modern period to the present. I teach and research international and global history with a particular eye on North America, and its relation to Greater Asia and the European continent. On the methodological level, I seek to understand the relationship between culture and politics in international history by borrowing from other fields ranging from musicology to economics. Thematically, I am engaged in a number of research projects, publication projects and collaborations addressing “nation branding,” emotions and humanitarianism. For publications, please check the corresponding link above.

In general, I am interested in working with students from different fields and very open to approaches that attempt to cross the borders to other disciplines such as political science, art history, drama studies, economics and international law.

Thematic Interests

History and Cultural History:

  • International History and the History of Empires
  • North American History
  • Modern History, 19th - 21st Centuries
  • History of the United States: Diplomacy, Culture 

Politics and Society:

  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Nation Branding — Performance and Self-Representation of Nations
  • Public Diplomacy / Cultural Diplomacy

Culture and Media:

  • History of Emotions 
  • Media History
  • Music History

Continents and Regions:

  • United States, North America
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • U.S-Japanese Relations
  • The United States and the Middle East

Select Contributions in the News (Print)

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "How Does Your Country Rank These Days? On the Reshuffle at the Top of the Nation Brands Index 2023", 18 December 2023.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Crash Landing on the Liberal Script Or What K-Drama & Memory Tell us about Contestations in Korea", 9 September 2023.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Another Day Like This: What Kennedy's Visit to Berlin Means for the Liberal Script," 21 June 2023.

Deutsche Presse Agentur, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on JFK's landmark speech in Berlin 60 years ago (an abbreviated version appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's online edition, Zeit Online, Stern, n-tv, and Lehre & Forschung), 20 June 2023.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "How Was Your Delivery?--Trump's Indictment Will Boost His Bid for the Presidency", 11 April 2023.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow Hecht, "So Long, Transatlantica!", 22 December 2022.

Zeitzeichen, Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Johannes Krug, "Marke Evangelisch? Warum Kirche und Diakonie ein eigenes Label entwickeln sollten", November 2022.

Tagesspiegel, Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Alexander Libman, "Was braucht die Ukraine nach dem Krieg?", 2 July 2022 (English here).

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Laskavo Prosymo, Mr Marshall!", 2 June 2022.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Transatlantic Challenges in the Face of Russian Sabre-Ratting," 9 February 2022.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "In Virginia, Contestation as You Know It: Get Back to Making Policy!", 4 November 2021.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Joy, Grief, and Disillusion," 13 September 2021.

FU Berlin Campus Leben, Jessica Gienow-Hecht's appearance at Humboldt Forum, 20 July 2021.

Tagesspiegel, article on Brandon Keith Brown and Jessica Gienow-Hecht's Race and Music course, "Die Augen hören mit," 2 July 2021.

SCRIPTS BlogJessica Gienow-Hecht, "This is Not a Game," 9 March 2021.

Tagesspiegel, Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Michael Zürn on populism and pandemics, 22 February 2021.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Presidential Libraries and the Liberal Script or: How (Not) to Remember Donald Trump," 16 February 2021.

Tagesspiegel Twenty/Twenty, Jessica Gienow-Hecht interviewed about Joe Biden’s new team, 27 November 2020.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht cited in newsblog, 3 November 2020.

SCRIPTS article, Jessica Gienow-Hecht contributing, "What does the outcome of the U.S. elections mean for the Liberal Script?", 10 November 2020.

FU Experts for Media, Jessica Gienow-Hecht contributing, "US-Wahl am 3. November 2020," 21 October 2020.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "How unique is the upcoming U.S. presidential election?", 8 October 2020.

SCRIPTS Blog, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the COVID-19 crisis. Berlin, 2 April 2020.

Migros Magazine, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Wie weiter mit Donald Trump?", 22 October 2018.

Associated Press, Jessica Gienow-Hecht cited, "Steady drum of Trump’s anti-Germany remarks raises questions," 11 July 2018.

Los Angeles Times, Jessica Gienow-Hecht cited, "Germany had seemed immune to the #MeToo movement. Then a prominent director was accused," 31 January 2018.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht interviewed, "Hexenprozesse von Salem," 1 March 2017.

Tagesspiegel, Jessica Gienow-Hecht contributing, "Transatlantische Disharmonien: Geschichtsprofessorin Jessica Gienow-Hecht untersucht, weshalb der deutsche Dirigent Karl Muck 1917 in den USA in Ungnade fiel," 12 January 17.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht interviewed, "Eine sozialutopische Kommune als Lebensexperiment," 3 April 2016.

Freie Presse Chemnitz, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Die Mutter aller Schlachten," 16 January 2016.

Die Zeit, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Kalkulierte Katastrophe?", 21 May 2015.

The European, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, “Enttäuschte Europäer,” 1 October 2011.

Neue Musikzeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, “Eine transatlantische Wahlverwandtschaft: Friedrich Stock and Karl Muck -- Dirigentenkarrieren in den Vereinigten Staaten,” October 2010.

Das Orchester, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, “Sanfte Macht: Was haben Musik und Orchester mit Außenpolitik zu tun?”, December 2010.

Perspectives on History, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Model U.S. History. Studying Like in the United States," October 1998.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Wer jetzt Luftschlösser baut, gehört übers Knie gelegt," 18 October 1995.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Nicht der gute, nicht der letzte Krieg. Amerikanische Historiker pflegen moralische Selbstzweifel am Zweiten Weltkrieg," 1 September 1993.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Die Deutsche Bank stellt sich ihrer Geschichte. Erst jetzt zugängliches Archivmaterial soll die Rolle des Instituts im Dritten Reich klären," 24 December 1992.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Zentrales Parteiarchiv der SED-Nachfolgerin PDS. Wissenschaftler vor verschlossenen Toren," 18 December 1992.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Heimat and Feindbild. Jahrestagung der Ranke-Gesellschaft," Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1 December 1992.

Die Welt, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Alte Rivalitäten in der Neuen Welt," 23 June 1992.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Umerziehung and Kulturkampf. Zum Symposium über 'Erziehung in den USA and der Bundesrepublik' in Tübingen," 13 July 1992.

Die Welt, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Sünden, Seelen, Staatsraison. 14. Jahreskonferenz der deutschen Amerikahistoriker in Blaubeuren," 28 February 1992.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Im Irrgarten der Stimmen. Ein Symposium zum Einfluss emigrierter Juristen in Amerika," 25 September 1991.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Mim Beisickel fahr'n. Warum Deutsch nicht Amtssprache in Amerika wurde," 31 July 1990.

Select Contributions in the Media (Audio-Visual)

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Wer regiert die USA?", 8 February 2024.

SWR Aktuell, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "60 Jahre Kennedy-Attentat: JFK ist auch heute noch wichtig für die USA", 22 November 2023.

HR-iNFO, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Keine Freiheit hast Du--Der Unabhängigkeitstag," 4 July 2023.

VISTAS (podcast), Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Nick Cull in discussion, “Unpacking Public Diplomacy,” 4 May 2023.

WDR 3, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on Kevin McCarthy's difficult election to Speaker of the US House of Representatives, 4 January 2023.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Fehlstart für Republikaner im US-Repräsentantenhaus", 4 January 2023.

Radioeins, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "USA Ausschuss empfiehlt Anklage gegen Trump", 22 December 2022.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the recommendations of the January Sixth Committee, "Folgen werden überschaubar bleiben", 22 December 2022.

SCRIPTS, Jessica Gienow-Hecht in discussion, "Zur Bedeutung der US Midterms: Rettung der liberalen Ordnung?", 6 December 2022.

CKCU Literary News, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on 'Cultural Diplomacy', 'Nation Branding', and 'The Liberal Script', 28 September 2022.

Radioeins, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on Pope Francis's apology to indigenous Canadians, 2 August 2022.

Wieder was gelernt (n-tv podcast), Jessica Gienow Hecht on a Marshall Plan for Ukraine, 29 June 2022.

3sat Kulturzeit, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the Marshall Plan in Ukraine, 13 June 2022.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Der Marshallplan - Blaupause für den Ukraine-Wiederaufbau?", 2 June 2022.

Radioeins, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, “Diplomatie - Kein Platz für beleidigte Leberwürste”, 6 May 2022.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "USA fordern von Europa viel stärkeres Engagement", 7 February 2022.

Radio Bremen 2, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Blick in die USA - Wie steht es um Joe Biden und die Demokraten?", 3 November 2021.

Deutschlandfunk, "Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Amerikanistin FU Berlin, zu 20 Jahre 9/11," 11 September 2021.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Von Lügen und Verheimlichungen der US-Politik," 12 June 2021.

Radio Bremen 2, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "100 Tagen Joe Biden," 29 April 2021.

Tagesthemen, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on President Biden's First 100 Days, 28 April 2021.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the impeachment trial and implications for the Biden administration, 12 February 2021.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on Trump's second impeachment, 9 February 2021.

Associated Press, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on what will change in the Biden adminstration, 21 January 2021.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht in discussion, "Machtwechsel hinter Mauern – Von Trump zu Biden," 20 January 2021.

Tagesthemen, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the start of Biden's presidency, 20 January 2021.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the lessons of the Trump administration for Germany, 20 January 2021.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the inauguration of Joe Biden, 20 January 2021.

Radio Bremen 2, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the storming of the US Capitol, 7 January 2021.

Radio Bremen 2, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Die Wahl des Electoral College - alles andere als Routine?", 14 December 2020.

Radio Bremen 2, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Was heißt schon 'historisch?' - Die US-Wahl 2020," 7 November 2020.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the history of the US election, 5 November 2020.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the US presidential elections, 4 November 2020.

Detektor.FM, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Wie standhaft ist die US-Demokratie?", 4 November 2020.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the US election results, 4 November 2020.

Radio Bremen 2, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the upcoming U.S. election, 26 October 2020. 

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the possibility of a self-coup in Washington, 24 July 2020.

TV Phoenix Hongkong, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany, 21 June 2020.

Topographie des Terrors, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Livestream: Outside Perspectives on Europe, China, and Russia," 9 June 2020.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on US President Trump's diplomacy with Turkey over Syria, 18 October 2019.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's participation in the meeting on European foreign ministers, 13 May 2019.

Swiss Broadcasting Radio (SRF), Jessica Gienow-Hecht on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 5 March 2019.

Radio Bremen, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on US President Trump’s domestic position after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, 1 March 2019

Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, 4 June 2018.

Radio Bremen, Jessica Gienow Hecht on Angela Merkel's state visit to Washington, 27 April 2018.

Spreeradio, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s speech in front of the Brandenburg gate, 1987, 12 June 2017.

Sciences Po, Jessica Gienow-Hecht interviewed about culture and international history in Paris, 6 June 2017.

Nordwestradio, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on Merkel vs. Trump, 29 May 2017.

Nordwestradio, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the 100th anniversary of the US entry into WWI, 6 April 2017.

RTL, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Trump holt Schwiegersohn ins Weiße Haus," 10 January 2017.

NPR Berlin,Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Rebecca Boehling, The Berlin Journal, 9 January 2017

Radio Wissen, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Ist Trump 'Fit for President'?", 19 December 2016.

Deutsche Welle, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Boris Vormann, and Irwin Collier, election day coverage, 9 November 2016.

Deutschlandradio Kultur, Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Boris Vormann, "Vom Tellerwäscher zum Millionär: Platzt der amerikanische Traum?", 28 October 2016.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, radio coverage of the 51st Deutscher Historikertag, 21 September 2016.

Deutschlandfunk, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on Desert Storm16 January 2016.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Gelebte Utopie im Wald von Tennessee," 13 January 2016.

NPR, Jessica Gienow-Hecht on the bombing of Germany in World War II, 23 February 2003.



Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Sönke Kunkel, and Sebastian Jobs. Visions of Humanity: Historical Cultural Practises since 1850. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2023.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Friedrich Kießling, eds. “Die Marke Deutschland in der Welt,” special edition, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 45, 2019. See cover here.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Carolin Viktorin, Annika Estner, and Marcel Will. Nation Branding in Modern History. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2018.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. Music and International History in the Twentieth Century (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015).

Reviews of Music and International History: Midwest Book Review, H-Soz-Kult, H-Net, the Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies, Anthropology News.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, ed. Emotions in American History. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2010. (reviews: H-Net and H-Soz-Kult)

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Mark Donfried, eds. Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy. Berghahn Books, 2010.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. Sound Diplomacy: Music, Emotions, and Politics in Transatlantic Relations since 1850. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009; kindle edition 2009; paperback 2012; Chinese edition by Beijing Yanziyue Culture & Art Studio. (review: H-Soz-Kult)

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. Decentering America. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2007.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Frank Schumacher, eds.Culture and International History. Oxford, New York. Berghahn Books, 2003. (reviews: H-Net and H-Soz-Kult)

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, ed. Explorations in Culture and International History (series). Oxford, New York. Berghahn Books, since 2003.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. Transmission Impossible: American Journalism as Cultural Diplomacy in Postwar Germany, 1945-1955. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999. (review: H-Soz-Kult)


Essays and Articles

Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Sönke Kunkel, and Sebastian Jobs, "Visions of Humanity: Actors, Culture, Practices,” in VISIONS OF HUMANITY: Historical Cultural Practices since 1850 (ed. Kunkel, Gienow-Hecht, Jobs (New York and Oxford: BERGHAHN BOOKS, 2023), 1-29.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht, "Survival and Desire, Empowerment and the Absence of Words: Music in Postwar Transitions, 1800-1950". In Music and Postwar Transitions, edited by Barbara L. Kelly et al. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, June 2023, pp. 290-298.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. Review: "Selling Weimar: German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918-1932," by Elisabeth Piller. H-Diplo ROUNDTABLE XXIII-37, May 9, 2022, 8-11

Marlene Ritter and Jessica Gienow-Hecht. Review: "Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: Between the Domestic and the International," by Caterina Carta and Richard Higgot. Caliban - French Journal of English Studies 64 (2021), 407-410.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "'Wir sind nicht Dänemark’: US-amerikanische Perspektiven auf Europa seit 1865." In: Arnd Bauerkämper and Hartmut Kaelble (eds.), Europa: Visionen und Praxis im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert (Berlin: Metropol-Verlag, 2021), 154-161.

Anna Rauscher and Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Robin Markwica's 'Emotional Choices. How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy' – A Reflection." Neue Politische Literatur, 2020.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser: Ein Blick in die US-außenpolitische Geschichte." In Hélène Miard-Delacroix and Andreas Wirsching (eds.), Internationale Beziehungen und 'Emotional Regimes': Neue Fragen an die Geschichte des Kalten Krieges (Munich: De Gruyter/Oldenbourg, 2020).

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Interested in a Serious Relationship? Die Marke Deutschland im internationalen Kontext.” In Geschichte und Gesellschaft 45, 2019, pp. 580-596.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Nation Branding: A Useful Category for International History,” Diplomacy & Statecraft 30, 4 (2019), 755-779. (review by Nick Cull)

Carolin Viktorin, Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Annika Estner, Marcel Will. “Beyond Marketing and Diplomacy: Exploring the Historical Origins of Nation Branding.” In Nation Branding in Modern History (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018), 1-26.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Of Dreams and Desire: Diplomacy and Musical Nation Branding Since the Early Modern Period.” In International Relations, Music and Diplomacy, edited by Frederic Ramel and Cecil Prévost-Thomas (London: Palgrave, 2018), 259-274.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Carolin Viktorin. "Was ist und wozu braucht man „Nation Branding“? Versuch eines neuen Zugriffs auf Macht und Kultur in den internationalen Beziehungen am Beispiel der spanischen Diktatur unter Franco." In Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis / International History in Theory and Practice, edited by Barbara Haider-Wilson, William D. Godsey, and Wolfgang Mueller (Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften, 2017).

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Carolin Viktorin. Review: US Public Diplomacy and Democratization in Spain: Selling Democracy?, edited by Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jimenez, Lorenzo Delgado Gómez-Escalonilla, Nicholas J. Cull (December 2016).

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Nation Branding.” In Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (third edition), edited by Frank Costigliola and Michael Hogan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Europe's Cultural Habitus: Anti-Americanism in Europe in the Twentieth Century." In Transatlantic Relations and Modern Diplomacy: An Interdisciplinary Examination, edited by Sudeshna Roy, Dana Cooper, and Brian M. Murphy (London: Routledge 2014), 189-212.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Protest und Dissens.” In Buchners Kolleg Geschichte – Ausgabe Berlin (Volume 2), edited by Maximilian Lanzinner (Bamberg: C.C. Buchner 2012), 211-212, and in Buchners Kolleg Geschichte -- Ausgabe Brandenburg (Bamberg; C.C. Buchner 2013), 396-397.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Nation Branding.” In Dimensionen der Internationalen Geschichte, edited by Wilfried Loth and Jost Dülffer (Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2012).

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “'¡No, no somos así!' El despliegue de la cultura americana en Europa durante la Guerra Fría” (“'No, we are not!' The Deployment of American Culture in Europe during the Cold War”). In Guerra Fría y Propaganda: Estados Unidos y su cruzada cultural en Europa y América Latina, edited by Antonio Niño and José Antonio Montero (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2012), 41-77.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “The Cultural Cold War In Europe.” In The Cambridge History of the Cold War, edited by Melvyn P. Leffler and Arne Westad (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 398-419.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “The World Is Ready To Listen: Symphony Orchestras and the Global Performance of America.” Forum “Musical Diplomacy: Strategies, Agendas, Relationships.” Diplomatic History 36, 1 (January 2012): 17-28.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Buy One Get One Free.” Forum on Laura Belmonte’s Selling the American Way (September 2011)

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Wer gewinnt den Wettlauf? Stellvertreterkriege: Wissenschaft, Kultur.” In Der Kalte Krieg—DAMALS (Stuttgart: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2010), 83-90.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “The Anomaly of the Cold War: Cultural Diplomacy and Civil Society Since 1850." In The United States and Public Diplomacy: New Directions in Cultural and International History, edited by Kenneth Osgood and Brian Etheridge (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2010), 29-56.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “What Are We Searching For? Culture, Diplomacy, Agents and the State.” In Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy, edited by Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Mark Donfried (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010), 3-12.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Mark Donfried. “The Model of Cultural Diplomacy: Power, Distance, and the Promise of Civil Society.” In Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy, edited Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Mark Donfried (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010), 13-29.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "The European Habitus: 'Excuse Me, I am not Convinced'," review of The Americanization of Europe: Culture, Diplomacy and Anti-Americanism after 1945, edited by Alexander Stephan, German-American and German-Canadian Studies (November 2009), 1-6.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “What Bandwagon? Diplomatic History Today.” Journal of American History 95, 4 (March 2009), 1083-86.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “The Cold War.” In The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History,edited by Akira Iriye and Pierre Yves Saunier (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 174-78.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Europäischer Antiamerikanismus im 20. Jahrhundert.” In Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 5-6 (2008): 33-38.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “International Relations, Arts, and Culture before 1914.” In An Improbable War? The Outbreak of World War One and European Political Culture before 1914, edited by Holger Afflerbach and David Stevenson (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007), 271-83.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Decentering American History.” In Decentering America, edited by Jessica Gienow-Hecht (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007), 1-20.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “A European Considers the Influence of American Culture: The Challenges of Globalization," eJournal USA, USINFO.state.gov, edited by the U.S. Department of State (February 2006): 30-32.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "'Always Blame the Americans:' Anti-Americanism in Europe in the Twentieth Century." American Historical Review 111, 4 (October 2006): 1067-1091.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. “Hier sprechen die Steine nicht: Die ‘Amerikanisierung’ des Musikkritikers H. H. Stuckenschmidt.” In America on my Mind: Amerkianisierung der deutschen Kultur seit 1945, edited by Alexander Stephan und Jochen Vogt (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006).

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Von fremden Ländern and Menschen oder Wo bleibt der internationale Diskurs in der internationalen Kulturgeschichte?" In Deutschland und die USA in der internationalen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, edited by Philipp Gassert and Manfred Berg (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2004), 80-97.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Emotionale Wahlverwandtschaften: Musik und Emotion in den internationale Beziehungen seit 1850." In Erneuerung und Erweiterung einer historischen Disziplin, edited by Eckart Conze, Guido Müller and Ulrich Lappenküper (Cologne and Vienna: Böhlau, 2004), 197-229.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Whose Music Is It Anyway? The Limits of Transnational Culture in the Nineteenth Century." In Straddling Borders: The American Resonance in Transnational Identities, edited by Rob Kroes (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2004), 34-50.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "American Cultural Foreign Policy Towards Germany, 1949-69." In The United States and Germany in the Era of the Cold War, edited by Detlef Junker (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 401-8.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Cultural Transfer." In Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (second edition), edited by Michael Hogan and Thomas Patterson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 257-78.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Who Is Afraid of Modernity? Germany and the United States in the Age of the Penny Press." In Atlantic Communications: The Media in American and German History from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, edited by Ursula Lehmkuhl and Norbert Finzsch (New York: Berg Press, 2004), 225-37.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Trumpeting Down the Walls of Jericho: The Politics of Art, Music and Emotion in German-American Relations, 1870-1920." Journal of Social History 36, 3 (Spring 2003): 585-613.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "On the Division of Knowledge and the Community of Thought: Culture and International History." In Culture and International History, edited by Jessica Gienow-Hecht and Frank Schumacher (Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2003), 3-41.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "How Good Are We? Culture and the Cold War." In The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe, 1945-1960, edited by Giles Scott-Smith and Hans Krabbendam (London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003), 269-82.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Zuckerbrot und Peitsche. Die Rolle von Remigranten in der Medienpolitik der USA und der US-Zone." In Remigranten and Remigration in den Medien der Nachkriegszeit, edited by A. Schildt, C. Krohn (Hamburg: Christians, 2002), 23-49.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "A Global Group of Worriers." Diplomatic History 26 (Summer 2002), 481-91.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Cultural Transfer or Cultural Imperialism." In Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations, edited by Alexander de Conde, Richard D. Burns, and Fredrik Logevall (New York: Scribner, 2002), 397-408.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "German-American Cultural Relations, 1980-1914: A Historical Retrospective." In The Cultural Turn: Essays in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations, edited by Frank A. Ninkovich and Liping Bu (Chicago: Imprint Publications, 2001), 53-82.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Amerikanische Kulturpolitik in der Bundesrepublik." In Die USA und Deutschland im Zeitalter des Kalten Krieges. Ein Handbuch, edited by Detlef Junker, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach and David B. Morris (Stuttgart: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2001), 612-22.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Shame on US? Cultural Transfer, Academics, and the Cold War--A Critical Review." Diplomatic History 24 (Summer 2000): 465-94. (in January 2016, the Diplomatic History website recongised this article as the journal's 23rd most cited since 1977)

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Art Is Democracy and Democracy Is Art. Culture, Propaganda, and the Neue Zeitung in Germany, 1944-1947." Diplomatic History 23 (Winter 1999): 21-43.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Friends, Foes, or Reeducators? Feindbilder and Anti-Communism in the U.S. Military Government in Germany, 1946-53." In Enemy Images in American History, edited by Ragnhild Fiebig-v. Haase and Ursula Lehmkuhl (Providence: Berghahn Books, 1997), 281-300.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "When Spengler Saw Jefferson. The U.S. Army Paper Neue Zeitung and the Image of America in Germany, 1945-48." In American and European National Identitites: Faces in the Mirror, edited by Stephen Fender (Keele: Keele University Press, 1996), 89-109.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "Trial by Fire. Newspaper Coverage of the Nuremberg Trial, 1945-46." In Studies in Newspaper and Periodical History, edited by Michael Harris and Tom O'Malley (Westport, London. Greenwood Press, 1995), 167-183.

Jessica Gienow-Hecht. "The Decline of the German Language in Early America." Yearbook of German American Studies 26 (1991): 145-184.