Charles S. Maier

Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History

Harvard University

Charles S. Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University.  He specializes in comparative 20th-century European political, economic, and social history; global and international history, including comparative empires; Cold War and European-American relations; and German and Italian national histories.  At Harvard, he has served as Director of the Center for European Studies from 1994 to 2001 and fall 2006, and as Chair of the undergraduate Social Studies Program from 1991 to 1995. He published Among Empires in spring 2006 and is currently collaborating with William Kirby and Sugata Bose on a world history of the twentieth century and writing on the rise and decline of territoriality and on the history of the modern state. Maier currently teaches undergraduate courses on world history in the modern era, on World War I and World War II, on political trials, and together with Niall Ferguson, a two-semester sequence on international history. He supervises graduate reading fields in early modern and modern international history, modern social and economic history, and German and Italian history. He has directed dissertations on the comparative history of the welfare state, aspects of the Nazi Regime, and the history of the German Democratic Republic, among other topics, and encourages research in the era since 1945.