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CEMS Faculty

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).

Stephen G. Gross joins 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).

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.

Visiting Faculty

Kostis Kornetis joins 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.

Christiane Lemke is the 2010-13 holder of the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at NYU. She is a professor of political science at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, and director of the Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence.  She received her Ph.D. from the Free University in Berlin and went on to earn her Habilitation venia legendi in Political Science from the same institution.  She has been Visiting Krupp Chair at Harvard University, DAAD Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Suffolk University.  In addition, while on leave from Leibniz University Hannover from 2006 to 2007, she served as Director of State Parliament in Lower Saxony, Germany.  She is the author of Richtungswechsel. Politik der Obama-Administration (2010), Internationale Beziehungen: Grundkonzepte, Theorien und Problemfelder (2008), "In Search of the Social Europe: The Eastern Enlargement in Political Perspective," in: Joaquin Roy and Roberto Domínguez, eds., The Enlargement of the European Union (2006), "Can Germany Modernize? Migration and Citizenship in the Federal Republic of Germany," in: Harvard Focus Europe (Spring 2001), "Changing the Rules of the Game. The Role of Law and the Effects of Party Reforms on Gender Parity in Germany," in: Jytte Klausen and Charles S. Maier, eds., Has Liberalism Failed Women? Assuring Equal Representation in Europe and the United States (2001), The Crisis of Socialism in Europe (with Gary Marks, 1992), and Die Ursachen des Umbruchs. Politische Sozialisation in der ehemaligen DDR (1991). Most recently, she published the edited volume Europäische Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (European Foreign and Security Policy, 2010), Menschenrechte und Migration (Human Rights and Migration, 2009), and "Germany's EU Policy: The Domestic Discourse," in: German Studies Review (forthcoming 2010).  Her current research projects include Democracy and Governance in the EU and Transatlantic Relations. Follow Lemke's blog at

Diana Mincyte joined the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in September 2011 as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow.  Since completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she held research fellowships at Yale University and the Rachel Carson Center of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.  Dr. Mincyte's research examines environmental and justice dimensions of agro-food systems.  Entitled Raw Milk, Raw Power: The Politics of Subsistence and Sustainability in the New Europe, her book project examines the implementation of sustainable food politics in East Europe to track the emergence of new economic subjectivities and state control over political, microbial and ecological domains in post-industrial societies.  Her publications include articles in Sociologia Ruralis, Agriculture and Human Values, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies, Slavic Review, several guest-edited special issues, and a number of book chapters.  Dr. Mincyte's research has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Open Society Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Madigan Fichter will join 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. 

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.

Global Faculty Affiliates

Gabriela Etmektsoglou is 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 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.