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Edward R. Dickinson


  • Ph.D., History UC Berkeley, 1991
  • M.A., History, Columbia University, 1985
  • B.A., History, UC Santa Cruz, 1984


Edward Ross Dickinson received his bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz in 1984, and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1991. From 1991 to 2000 he taught at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand; from 2002 to 2007 he taught at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio; he came to UC Davis in 2007. Professor Dickinson teaches and publishes in European and world history.

Research Focus

Professor Dickinson’s dissertation and early publications investigated the history of social policy – history of the German child welfare system, welfare policy in New Zealand, the political dynamics of modern social policy, reformatory education, vocational education, and social reform movements more broadly. He moved on from there to study the history of sexuality in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Central Europe. He published articles on feminism and sexual morality, sexual radicalism, conservative Christian men's morality organizations, the comparative policing of sex crimes (in Germany, France, Italy, Britain, and Massachusetts), and a book on the social roots and political dynamics of the broader debate about sexuality (sexual morality, public decency, population policy, venereal disease, homosexuality, etc.). He has recently completed a book-length interpretive essay on the history of the world in the long twentieth century, which will appear in early 2017. He has also recently finished a manuscript on the history of modern dance in Europe and the world between 1900 and 1935.

Selected Publications

  • Dickinson, E. R (Forthcoming) Dancing in the Blood: How Modern Dance Conquered the World, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017
  • Dickinson, E. R. (Forthcoming) The World in the Long Twentieth Century: An Interpretation, University of California Press
  • Dickinson, E. R (2016). "Complexity, contingency, and coherence in the history of sexuality in Germany," Central European History 49: 93-116
  • Dickinson, E. R. (2014) Sex, Freedom, and Power in Imperial Germany, 1880-1914, Cambridge University Press, pp v-xii, 1-340
  • Dickinson, E. R. (2010) "Altitude and whiteness: Germanizing the Alps and Alpinizing the Germans, 1875-1935," German Studies Review 33: 577-599
  • Dickinson, E. R. (1996) The Politics of German Child Welfare from the Empire to the Federal Republic, Harvard University Press, pp. vi-xiv, 1-365


Professor Dickinson teaches History 146A and 146B on Europe in the 20th century; History 10C, on the world in the 19th and 20th centuries; and graduate and undergraduate seminars on modern Europe, the comparative history of empires, and the history of terrorism in Europe, 1870-1980.


  • German Academic Exchange Service/German Studies Association biennial Prize for best historical article in German Studies Review, 2012
  • German Academic Exchange Service/German Studies Association Bi-Annual Prize for best historical article in German Studies Review, 2004