B.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., New York University
Quinn SlobodianAssociate 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 North-South politics, social movements, and the intellectual history of neoliberalism. His most recent book is Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (Harvard University Press, 2018). 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) and the co-editor (with Dieter Plehwe and Philip Mirowski) of Nine Lives of Neoliberalism (Verso Books). He has published over two dozen journal articles and chapters, including in Journal of Global History, American Historical Review, and Journal of Contemporary History. He has also written publicly for the New York Times, New Statesman, the Baffler, and Dissent. Slobodian’s research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Most recently, he was a residential fellow with the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University. He is currently at work on a book on the far right’s capitalism.
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.