Houwink ten Cate, Lotte

Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Mazower; Year: 2015

Lotte Houwink ten Cate is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. She focuses on intellectual and legal history, western Europe, and the history of sexuality. Her particular interests include criminal law, feminist thought, and the interleafing of intimate and national history. Her dissertation charts the transatlantic feminist exposure of domestic and sexual violence as a social problem, and its intellectual, political, and legal afterlives in western Europe since 1970. Her work on Hannah Arendt has appeared in New German Critique, and chapters on the global intellectual history of feminist (sexual) politics are forthcoming in two edited collections. She is also co-editing two special journal issues: one on feminist theory and intellectual history, and the other on the global history of the Minority Question. In 2020-2021, Lotte is Managing Editor of International Labor and Working-Class History, and a Heyman Center for the Humanities Fellow. She co-organized Columbia’s weekly International History Workshop (2016-2018) and the Minority Questions Workshop (2018). Her work has been supported by i.a. the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the American Historical Association, the New York Consortium for Intellectual History, the Central European History Society, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and Fulbright.


“‘Die Amerikanerin Scolds’: How the Private Friendship Between Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem Went Public.” New German Critique. Vol. 26, No. 1. 2019. pp. 1-14.


Columbia MPhil, History (2018)

Columbia Dual MA, History (2015)

London School of Economics Dual MSc, History (2014)

University of Amsterdam MA, Middle Eastern Studies (2013)

Amsterdam University College BA (Honours), Literary Studies and History (2012)