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Erez Manela, Fellowship Mentor

Professor of History,


Advisee(s): Victor Nemchenok   

Erez Manela (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. Most recently, he co-edited (with Robert Gerwarth) a volume, Empires at War, 1911-23 (Oxford, 2014) that recasts World War I as a global war of empires rather than a European war among nation-states. His other books include the prize-winning The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (Oxford, 2007) and (as co-editor) The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Harvard, 2010).

In 2014-15 he is a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, completing a book on the global eradication of smallpox in the 1960s and 70s. This work seeks to show how the history of the World Health Organization's global eradication program can shed new light on major themes in postwar international history, including superpower relations, the history of international development, the role of international organizations, and North-South relations in the postwar world. 

Manela's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. He is a co-editor (with John R. McNeill and Aviel Roshwald) of a book series on international and global history for Cambridge University Press. He has lectured across the U.S. and elsewhere, including in Australia, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, and the UK.


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