Hope M. Harrison
Hope M. Harrison
Professor of History and International Affairs
Cold War, Germany, Russia, Historical Memory
Hope M. Harrison is Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she has been since 1999. She is an expert on Germany, Russia, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the politics and culture of memory. She is the author of After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and the prize-winning, Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961 (Princeton University Press, 2003), which was published to wide acclaim in German translation (Ulbrichts Mauer: Wie die SED Moskaus Widerstand gegen den Mauerbau brachte, Propyläen, 2011). Dr. Harrison is the recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the American Academy in Berlin, Harvard, and the Wilson Center. She has published a variety of articles in scholarly journals (Cold War History, German Politics and Society, Deutschland Archiv, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte) and in the media (Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Welt am Sonntag, Berliner Zeitung). Dr. Harrison has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, Voice of America, the History Channel, the Science Channel, ZDF, Deutschlandradio, and CCTV. Many of her public lectures can be found on youtube.
Dr. Harrison served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the White House where she was Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2000-2001. She currently serves on the board of three institutions in Berlin connected to the Cold War and the Berlin Wall (the Allied Museum, the Berlin Wall Association, and BlackBox Cold War), and in Washington she is Co-chair of the Advisory Council of the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and a member of the Academic Council of the Victims of Communism Foundation. At GW’s Elliott School, Dr. Harrison has been the Associate Dean for Research (2015-2016), Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (2005-2009), Director of the M.A. Program in European and Eurasian Studies (2008-2009), and Director of the Summer Institute and then Program on Conducting Archival Research (2005-2011).