B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University
Associate Professor of History
Historian of modern Europe and the world.
Quinn Slobodian is a historian of modern German and international history with a focus on race, migration, social movements, and international political economy. He is the author of Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Duke University Press, 2012), and the editor of Comrades of Color: East Germany in the Cold War World. His work has appeared in Journal of Global History, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, German History, and The Baffler. He has held fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam, and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Slobodian’s current book project, under advance contract, traces the origins of the idea of the world economy and the intellectual lineages of neoliberalism. The working title is Let the World Economy Rule: How the Neoliberals Imagined a World After Empire.
As in his research, Slobodian’s teaching places histories of modern Europe in the history of the larger world. This goal is pursued in classes with topics as diverse as the history of cities, world economic orders, gender and sexuality, and the exhibition of ethnic performers as "savages" in 19th-century Europe. In Slobodian’s courses, students learn about the events and processes that shaped modern Europe while keeping an eye on the margins, and the unrealized histories of the continent's last two centuries.