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Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Axel Springer Fellow and Bosch Fellow in Public Policy - Class of Fall 2009 and Class of Fall 2022


Mary Elise Sarotte is the inaugural Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and a research associate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. She earned her AB at Harvard University and her PhD in History at Yale University, and has also taught at the University of Cambridge and University of Southern California. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Sarotte is the author or editor of seven books, including The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall (Basic Books, 2014) and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe (Princeton, 2019), both of which were selected as Financial Times Books of the Year, among other distinctions. In her most recent book Not One Inch:America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate (Yale, 2021), Sarotte examined how the fight over NATO expansion has impacted Western relations with Russia.

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