Alice FreifeldAlice_Freifeld085__Custom_AliceFreifeld_T

Director / Associate Professor of History

      Areas of Interest/Research

  • Modern European History
  • International Studies–Europe
  • Central and Eastern European Studies
  • European Jewry



Alice Freifeld received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. (1992) in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the faculty of the History Department at the University of Florida in 1994. She has also taught at Berkeley, Transylvania University (Lexington, KY), University of Nebraska, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, and Wheaton College (Massachusetts).
Freifeld published Nationalism and the Crowd in Liberal Hungary, 1848-1914 (2000), which was awarded the Barbara Jelavich book prize by the Association for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) as well as the biennial Hungarian Studies book prize. Her research interests in nineteenth century nationalism, crowd politics and Hungarian history has been supported with fellowships by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, International research Exchanges Board (IREX), American Council of Learned Societies,   Social Science Research Foundation, and Carnegie Mellon.
jewishFreifeld is currently working on Displaced Persons and the surviving Hungarian Jewry in immediate postwar Europe. For this research  she was “LIfe Reborn” fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies; an IREX senior fellow in Hungary, a senior fellow in East European at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and a short term fellow at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York.
Freifeld first studied in Hungary as an undergraduate for the Fall semester in 1972.  She returned for dissertation research in 1979-80, and senior research in 1994-5. She also lived in East Berlin in what was then the German Democratic Republic in the summer of 1985; her additional travel in the region has included a CIBER tour of development and investment conditions in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia in 2006.

Contact Information

Phone: (352) 294-7148
Office: 3324 TUR

Office Hours
Freifeld is in the office M-Th, 10:30-5, unless called to other meetings, class, or talks. Drop in any time or call for an appointment.

Office Mailing Address
PO Box117342
Gainesville, FL 32611-7342