Dr. Donald U. Dee


  • 1980-1985 Studium der Geschichte, Soziologie, Volkswirtschaftslehre und Glaziologie an der University of California, Los Angeles, und der Jungle University of Suriname
  • 1985-1988 PhD Fellow an der Oerwoud Universiteit van Suriname/Jungle University of Suriname
  • 1989 Promotion
  • 1989-1992 Research Fellow an der Miskatonic University, Arkham, Massachusetts
  • 1992-1995 Assistant Lecturer am Tux Institute, Stanley, Falkland Islands
  • 1995-1999 Abraham Crijnsen lecturer for glacio-historical studies, Oerwoud Universiteit van Suriname
  • 2000-2003 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte Frankfurt a. M., Projekt: "Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte des Nihilismus"
  • 2003-2007 Forschungsaufenthalt am Sobchak Institute for Cultural Studies, Los Angeles, zur Durchführung des Projektes "Consumption and Leisure in US bottom strata"
  • 2007-2009 Library Research Fellow, Miskatonic University, Massachusetts
  • 2009-present  Associate Professor, N.W. Peaslee Chair for Psycho-Economic History, Miskatonic


  • Freizeit- und Konsumgeschichte
  • Geschichte des Nihilismus
  • Geschichte des Faches Glaziologie
  • Geschichte der Aggression
  • Sportgeschichte

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl)

  • Historical evidence for early ball and pin games in Suriname, in: Acta Historica Surinama 17 (1987), S. 125-134.
  • Ball and Pin Games in early Suriname (zgl. Diss. JU of Suriname), Paramaribo 1989
  • Was it Moby Dick?, or: What really happened to the ship 'Essex'. On the formation of authorative memory through layered narratives, in: Casual History Review 1 (1991), S. 25-51.
  • Non-euclidic glacier patterns in Antarctica: a field report, Arkham UP 1992
  • The penguin in Falklands folklore: a critical approach, in: Jeuni Lockmersheim (Hrsg.), The cultural heritage of the Falkland Islands, Stanley 1993, S. 257-303.
  • The Falkland whaling industry, whale songs and folk music: an economico-cultural nexus, in: Casual History Review 4 (1994), S. 152-179.
  • The Cold War: Struggles against glacial threats in history. Paramaribo 1998
  • (gemeinsam mit Walter Sobchak) Bowling battles. An enquiry into the origin and causes of violence on the bowling lane in past and present, Los Angeles 2000.
  • Effects of innovations on the leisure industry: the case of the bowling industry, in: Leisure History Review 12 (2001), S. 494-527.
  • "...so muß man den Markt um des Marktes Willen zernichten!": Zum Verhältnis von nihilistischer und ökonomischer Theorie im 19. Jahrhundert, in: Donald U. Dee/Jeuni Lockmersheim (Hrsg.), Der Nihilismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Frankfurt a. M. 2002, S. 163-198.
  • The ultimate no: nihilist sub-cultures in Bremen and Los Angeles / Das endgültige Nein: nihilistische Subkulturen in Bremen und Los Angeles. Frankfurt a.M./Los Angeles 2002.
  • Vom Batzenbier zum Bowling: Bemerkungen zur Geschichte des Freizeitkonsums am Beispiel der Stadt Frankfurt, in: Rhein-Main-Beobachtungen 2 (2002), S. 18-51.
  • Der Traum vom guten Überleben: kreative Strategien von Erwerbslosen und "Lebenskünstlern" zur Alltagsbewältigung, in: Rhein-Main-Beobachtungen 3 (2003), S. 41-68.
  • Root beers and White Russians. Pierre Bourdieu's concept of the judgement of taste applied to drink as a lifestyle-related preference, in: Leisure History Review 15 (2004), S. 249-267.
  • (gemeinsam mit Mark Jakob) Naughty but nice: The self-fashioning of the sex products industry. The case of Beate Uhse. Conference Paper, EBHA Conference 2005. PDF Download
  • "One does not talk about what is important." Herbert's theory of structural communicative pessimism applied to historical research, in: Casual History Review 16 (2006), S. 257-293.
  • "Autobahn" and "Kraftwerk". Infrastructural and technological Aspects in 1970s Germany Nihilism between modernization and deconstruction (with Charly Stickhome and Karl Thebeetle), in: RhineFalls. Explorations in depressing History 2, 2009, pp. 121-157 (forthcoming).
  • Modernity, its discontents, and literary expression: A comparative evaluation of H. P. Lovecraft's clownish rebellion and Stefan George's beastly resentment, in: Casual History Review 19 (2009), S. 58-80
  • The violent contract: A transaction cost analysis of blackmailing and its historical changes, in: Casual History Review 21 (2011), S. 1-32
  • How did the New Deal affect the implementation and training of mules in American agriculture?, in: Dee, Donald U./Lockmersheim,Jeuni (Hg.): Cliocalculus: Fresh approaches to cliometric history. Los Angeles 2012, S. 142-179