professor
David Frey

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

May 2004

David Frey's "European Fascism" class was outstanding. The course covered Italian and German fascism between 1914 and 1945. Although sometimes the large quantities of information felt overwelming, Frey made the course highly enjoyable. He is known for his bad jokes and he made the atmosphere of the course very pleasant. Frey encouraged class participation and made an effort to learn as many names as possible even though the class had around 50 students. In addition, Frey was very approachable before or after class. This was a great course taught by a wonderful professor who honestly cares about the subjects and the students!

Feb 2004

"nice teacher and good lecturer" - Yes they each say that but do not be fooled by those stary-eyed freshmen. Reads his "this happened, then that happened, and then that happened" lectures from notes - there is not deeper engagement. Mentions a totally obvious historical term in class and then proceeds to ask the class "do you know what THAT means?" Uhhhh! Shades of high school. And his "jokes"? They should stay at home. Nice guy is true but what does that mean? Knows his stuff cold but presents it in a high school manner.

Dec 2003

if you like history, definitely take this class...it was great. professor frey is a well organized and engaging lecturer and though his jokes were not exactly stand-up material, i suppose they add character to the class and the fact that he knows they are bad jokes makes them amusing. discussions were interesting and informal as well...go to them (participation is helps). it was also nice to finally understand what the hell was going on in that country over the past hundred years and how it all happened. the only problem is that the professor and alex moulton (the TA, who happens to be well informed and helpful) are somewhat tough graders.

Dec 2003

After taking this class I really wished that it wasn't too late for me to major in history. Frey is a great lecturer, and a really friendly guy. His classes are always interesting, and packed with a lot of information (so you're always taking loads of notes). He's famous for his bad jokes, which are so stale they actually become funny when you come to expect them. Very approachable outside class. He's one of the only professors who actually teaches one of his own discussion groups. My end of term paper came back with a full single spaced page of analysis, in addition to the regular comments on the paper. Alex, the TA is also really good. The class has a really friendly feel to it

Dec 2003

Frey is a nice guy, but unfortunately a very poor teacher. He overwhelms you with detail and never puts any of it in a meaningful context. Overall, a really boring class, which is hard to pull of given how fascinating the subject is. If you've had great history professors at Columbia, then you'll be disappointed with this class.

Dec 2003

Frey is a great teacher and all around nice guy. His lectures are almost always interesting, and the course deals with one of the thorniest issues in recent history, namely the Holocaust. The approach to the material is fantastic, Frey being open to any and all opinions people have regarding many different aspects of German history. T.A. Alex Maulton was also great. I strongly recommend this class; it is a must-take if you're interested in German or European history.

Dec 2003

Professor Frey is a great teacher and a very likeable person. His lectures are informative, well organized and not boring. Frey throws in some bad jokes throughout the lecture and keeps the atmosphere lighthearted. He is very approachable and wants to help you succeed. Grading is fair, but not easy.