B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University
Quinn SlobodianMarion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas; Professor of History
Historian of modern Europe and the world.
Quinn Slobodian is the Marion Butler MacLean Associate Professor of the History of Ideas. His most recent book, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (Harvard University Press, 2018), winner of the AHA's George Louis Beer Prize, has translations published or forthcoming in nine languages. He is also the author of Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Duke University Press, 2012), the editor of Comrades of Color: East Germany in the Cold War World (Berghahn Books, 2015), the co-editor (with Dieter Plehwe and Philip Mirowski) of Nine Lives of Neoliberalism (Verso Books, 2020) and (also with Plehwe) Market Civilizations: Neoliberals East and South (Zone Books, 2022). He has published in Journal of Global History, American Historical Review, and Journal of Contemporary History, among other publications, and comments on contemporary politics for the New York Times, The Guardian, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Slobodian’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. For 2022, he is a visiting associate professor at Brown University’s Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance and a Thomas McCraw Fellow in U.S. Business History at Harvard Business School. He co-edits Contemporary European History, co-directs the History and Political Economic Project, and is an associate fellow at Chatham House. His new book, on capitalist exit fantasies, will appear in 2023.
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 on the history of cities, world economic orders, and gender and sexuality. 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.