Varon, Jeremy

Jeremy Varon

Jeremy Varon
Ph.D. in History, Cornell University, 1998
M.A. in History, Cornell University, 1995
B.A. in History, Brown University, 1989
Associate Professor of History

Jeremy Varon is an Associate Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, specializing in modern US history, European and American intellectual history, and German history. In 2004 he published Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies (University of California Press). He co-edits The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture (Routeledge;, a new academic journal that features interdisciplinary and international research on the “long Sixties” (1954-1975). He has written articles and given numerous talks on the social movements of the 1960s and the politics and ethics of violence. His work in intellectual history concerns the relationships between modernity, knowledge, representation, and power. He is currently working on a book about Holocaust survivors who studied in German universities in the American Zone of occupied Germany just after World War Two. He is involved in various social justice causes and groups, which inform his scholarship and teaching.
Recent Publications:


  • Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, The Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies. The University of California Press, 2004 

Journals – Editor

  • The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture, Routledge Press. Founder and Co-editor with Michael S. Foley and John McMillian 

Articles and Chapters in Books and Journals


  • "History Gets in Your Eyes: Mad Men, Misrecognition, and the Masculine Mystique" in Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s. Eds. Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, Robert A. Rushing, Duke UP, forthcoming.

  • "After the Fall: Politics, Representation, and the Permanence of Empire in the Cinema of Peter Whitehead, FRAMEWORK, 52/1+2, 2010

  • “Refusing to be ‘Good Germans’: New Left Violence as a Global Phenomenon” in German Historical Institute Bulletin, Nr. 43, Fall 2008

  • “Time is an Ocean: The Past and Future of The Sixties” in The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture, Summer 2008, volume 1, issue 1

  • “Stammheim Forever and the Ghosts of Guantanamo: Cultural Memory and the Politics of Incarceration,” in History and Cultural Memory of German Left-Wing Terrorism, 1968-1998, eds. Gerrit-Jan Berendse and Ingo Cornils, Rodopi, 2008

  • “Crazy for the Red, White, and Blue, and Yellow: The Use of the NLF Flag in the U.S. Anti-Vietnam War Movement" in Peace Movements in Western Europe, Japan and the USA since 1945, ed. Benjamin Ziemann, Klartext Verlag, 2007

  • "Killing the Field of Dreams: George W. Bush, Empire, and the Politics of Misrecognition," solicited for Fast Capitalism, 1.2, online journal at, October 2005

  • “It Was the Spectacle, Stupid: The Clinton-Lewinsky-Starr Affair and the Politics of the Gaze" in Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals, eds. Paul Apostilidis and Juliet Williams, Duke University Press, 2004

  • “Between Revolution 9 and Thesis 11: Or, Will We Start Worrying (Again) and Change the World?” in The New Left Revisited, eds. Paul Buhle and John McMillian, Temple University Press, 2003

  • “Probing the Limits of the Politics of Representation.” New German Critique, No. 72, Fall 1997

  • “‘The Dreadful Concatenation’: Modernity and Massacre in Adorno, Horkheimer and Todorov.” New German Critique, No. 59, Spring/Summer 1993


Office Location:
Eugene Lang College
80 5th Avenue 
Room 515A 
New York, NY 10011 
Phone Number/Extension:
Phone: 212.229.5100 x2243


Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • “The Sixties in the United States and Germany” at “1968 in Japan, Deutschland, und der USA,” JDZB, Berlin, March 2009.

  • “Who is Still Afraid of the Sixties?” Inaugural Dean’s Lecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, October 2008

  • “The Future of The Sixties” at “Global 1968,” Colgate University, April 2008

  • “Internationalizing the German Sixties” at “Germany’s 1968: A Cultural Revolution?” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 2008.

  • “Refusing to be ‘Good Germans’: New Left Violence as a Global Phenomenon,” German Historical Institute, November 2007

  • “Psychedelic Superman or Tarnished Galahad: Ken Kesey, the 1960s, and the Poetics of Memory” at “New World Rising: The 1960s in International Perspective,” Queen’s University, Canada, June 2007

  • “What is Terrorism?” at “Deconstructing Terrorism,” Kraft Foundation Symposium, Columbia University, November 2006

  • “Studying with the Enemy: The Jewish Students of Postwar Germany,” Duke University, November 2006

  • "The Red Army Faction,” seminar on German Terrorism and Film, Duke University, November 2006

  • Closing Plenary, “Radical Politics and the Ethics of Life,” Columbia University, August 2006

  • "The Past on Walls? Walls to the Past? The Red Army Faction in Pictures and Words" at the Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 2005

  • “What's in a Flag? The Iconography of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement" at Peace Movements since 1945 in Comparative Perspective: Symbolism, Patterns, Mobilization, Political Culture, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany, October 2005 

  • "'The Courage of Intolerance': The Red Army Faction, the German State, and the Law" at Cultural Memory of Left-Wing German Terrorism, Cardiff School of European Studies, September 2005

  • “Group Dynamics in Radical Political Formations,” Herd Instinct 360, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York City, July 2005

  • "Germany and Political Violence" at National Responses to Terrorism: Cross Country Comparisons, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City, June 2005

  • "The Munich Years: The Jewish Students of Postwar Germany" at Der jüdische Geschichte im Nachkriegsmünchen, Munich, June 2005

  • "Bringing the War Home: New Left Violence in the 1960s," John Jay College Center on Terrorism, CUNY, March 2005

  • "The Radical Absurd: The Weather Underground in New York" at The New Left Revisited in New York, The Gotham Center - CUNY, February 2005

Awards and Honors:
  • Research Grant from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2002. 
  • Research Grant from the Lucius Littauer Foundation, 2001. 
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Project on Utopia, Violence, and Resistance, 1999-2000. 
  • Finalist, German Historical Institute Dissertation Award, 1998. 
  • Bowmar Fellowship, Cornell University, 1996. 
  • DAAD German Language Grant, Summer 1993. 
  • History Department Nominee, Olin Fellowship, Cornell University, 1992. 
  • Mellon Doctoral Fellowship, Cornell University, 1991-1997.

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