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CEMS Faculty

Peter Baldwin is the Global Distinguished Professor at NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, and received his B.A. from Yale in 1978 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1986. His main research focus has been the development of the modern state in its many aspects. He has published on the comparative history of the welfare state, social policy more broadly, and on public health. Other interests have included Nazi Germany and historiography. His latest book is a trans-national legal history of copyright from 1710 to the present. He also has projects underway on privacy, on honor, and a more general history of the state.

Madigan Fichter
joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in September 2014 as an Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University’s Department of History in 2013, and her B.A. in East European Studies from Columbia University in 2004. Since completing her doctorate, she has conducted research in Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina with support from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and held a position as Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies in Graz, Austria. Dr. Fichter’s research focuses on Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and especially on issues of political history, nationalism, popular culture, and student movements. Her book project examines counterculture and oppositional youth politics in the Balkans from 1965-1975, primarily in Romania, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria. She published "Rock ‘n’ Roll Nation: Counterculture and Dissent in Romania, 1965-1975," in Nationalities Papers, and has a forthcoming article, “Yugoslav Protest: A Comparative Study of Belgrade, Zagreb, and Sarajevo in 1968.” Dr. Fichter’s work has been supported by the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Foundation.

K. E. Fleming
holds a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. (Chicago) and B.A. (Barnard/Columbia) in comparative religion. On the history faculty, Fleming has directed NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies, as well as serving as Associate Director of the Remarque Institute. A specialist on modern Greece, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean, Fleming's work ranges from the 15th century to the present and includes articles on such disparate interests as the fall of Constantinople (1453); 19th-century Balkan rabbinics; and post-Saidian approaches to the study of Europe. She is the author or editor of three books, most recently Greece: a Jewish History (2007, Princeton University Press).

Alexander C.T. Geppert
will join the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies as Associate Professor in September 2015, as a joint appointment between NYU New York and NYU Shanghai. A historian of modern Europe, his work focuses on the nexus of spatiality, knowledge and transcendence in varying configurations, including world’s fairs, outer space, miracles, and the theory of historiography. He received master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University (1995) and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (1997), and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (2004). Since 2010 he has directed the Emmy Noether research group "The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century" at Freie Universität Berlin. Geppert has held fellowships in Berkeley, Paris, London, Vienna, Essen, Cambridge, at Harvard, and, most recently, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Book publications include Fleeting Cities: Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (2010, 2013); New Dangerous Liaisons: Discourses on Europe and Love in the Twentieth Century (2010, co-ed.); Wunder: Poetik und Politik des Staunens im 20. Jahrhundert (2011, co-ed.); Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century (2012, ed.); and Post-Apollo: Outer Space and the Limits of Utopia (forthcoming 2015, ed.). At present, he is completing a cultural history of outer space in Western Europe, entitled The Future in the Stars: Astroculture and Transcendence in the European Space Age, 1942–1972. His next book project is a global history of planetization, with an emphasis on astroculture and technoscience in twentieth-century China. During the 2014-15 academic year, Professor Geppert will be at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in DC as its 2014–15 Alfred V. Verville Fellow.

Stephen G. Gross
joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the department of History in September 2012 as an Assistant Professor. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley, he lectured there with the International and Area Studies Program, teaching courses on contemporary theories of political economy, economic history, and comparative European history. Gross is interested in 20th century Germany, European unification, European economic history, international political economy, and international relations more broadly.  His book project, Export Empire: German Soft Power in Southeastern Europe 1920-1940, explores the relationship between imperialism, economic development, and cultural exchange from the standpoint of non-state actors like trade fairs and professional exchange programs. He has also published on wartime financial policies and non-state organizations in Central European History, Contemporary European History, and in book chapters. Gross's research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).

Kostis Kornetis
joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in September 2012 as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow. He holds a doctorate in History and Civilization (European University Institute, Florence), an M.A. with Distinction in Southeastern European History (University College London), a B.A. in War Studies and Modern Greek (King's College London), and a Vordiplom in History and Political Science (L.M.U., Munich). He spent research periods in France (Sorbonne/EHESS) and Spain ("Salvador de Madariaga" scholarship) and he was Visiting Global Scholar in History and Film Studies at NYU in 2001. Between 2007 and 2012, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Brown University. His research interests include the history of European authoritarian regimes and social movements in the 20th century, political cinema, as well as the analysis of oral testimonies.  He has worked extensively on the history and memory of the 1960s, the methodology of oral history, and the use of film as a source for social and cultural history. His book Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the Long 1960s in Greece was published by Berghahn Books in 2013.

Christine Landfried
currently holds the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University (2014-2016). She is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She has studied Political Science, History and International Law at the University of Heidelberg and at Harvard University. Christine Landfried received her Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg and went on to earn her Habilitation venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution. She has been teaching at Sciences Po in Paris, the University of California at Berkeley and the European University Institute in Florence. She was president of the German Political Science Association from 1997-2000. Since 2010 she is member of the Scientific Council of the Social Science Research Center in Berlin. She is also a frequent commentator on German and European politics for German media. Her research and teaching interests reside in European integration, the political impact of national as well as international Constitutional Courts, the financing of politics and the potential of difference for democratic governance. Her publications include: (ed.) Constitutional Review and Legislation. An international comparison (1988); Das Entstehen einer europäischen Öffentlichkeit (The emergence of a European Public Sphere), in: Claudio Franzius, Ulrich K.Preuß (eds.), Europäische Öffentlichkeit (2004); Das politische Europa. Differenz als Potential der Europäischen Union (The political dimension of Europe. Difference as a Potential of the European Union), second edition (2005), third edition in preparation; The Selection Process of Constitutional Court Judges in Germany, in: Kate Malleson, Peter H.Russell (eds.), Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power (2006); The Concept of Difference, in: Kolja Raube, Annika Sattler (eds.), Difference and Democracy. Exploring Potentials in Europe and Beyond (2011); Most recently she contributed Never-Ending Crisis? Germany and the Future of Europe to the volume Germany in Europe: Powerhouse at the Crossroads, which appeared as Center for European and Mediterranean Studies Working Papers at NYU (2013), edited by Christiane Lemke.

Tamsin Shaw
joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and the department of Philosophy in July 2009 as an Associate Professor. She received both her B.A. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Political Theory in the Politics Department at Princeton University, where she held the Lawrence S. Rockefeller University Preceptorship. She has also previously been a Junior Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, and a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.  She is interested in political skepticism and in the implications of secularization and moral skepticism for political thought. Her book, Nietzsche's Political Skepticism, was published by Princeton University Press in August 2007. It examines Nietzsche's distinctive form of skepticism about political legitimacy. She has also published on Max Weber and is currently working on a monograph that explores critically his pessimistic account of secularization.

Larry Wolff
is the Silver Professor of History at New York University, and Director of the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. His most recent book (2012) is Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice. He is also the author of The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010), Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment (1994), The Vatican and Poland in the Age of the Partitions (1988), and Postcards from the End of the World: Child Abuse in Freud's Vienna (1988). He has received Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, and Guggenheim fellowships, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Global Affiliated Faculty

Gabriela Etmektsoglou is the Director of NYU Berlin. She holds a Ph.D. in European history from Emory University. The principal concerns of her research and writing are the Holocaust in Greece and narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany. Etmektsoglou is the author of the book Axis Exploitation of Wartime Greece, 1941-1943. She has taught at the University of Melbourne, served on the Greek Official Commission of Experts on Holocaust-Era Assets, and coordinated a project on postwar political justice at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. She is a founding member of the U.S. National Peace Academy.

Jiří Pehe
is the Director of NYU Prague. He teaches at Charles University, where he earned a doctorate in law. A political refugee in the US from 1981, he graduated from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in 1985 and later was the Director of Central European Research at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany. He was the head of the Political Cabinet of Czech President Václav Havel in the late 1990s. He is a member of the Research Council at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C. Pehe is the author of hundreds of analytical studies on developments in Eastern Europe and transition to democracy, as well as a political commentator for Czech and international media. He has written and edited five books on politics as well as a volume about the Prague Spring. He is also the author of three novels.

Gary Slapper is the Director of NYU London. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books concerning law and the English legal system, several of them books that have been republished numerous times in multiple editions.  He has done pioneering research on corporate crime. Slapper writes regularly for the London Times, and has given more than a hundred radio interviews to the BBC. He was formerly the director of the Centre for Law at the Open University in the UK. He is a global professor at NYU and has also taught as a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.