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Mary Sarotte

Professor of International Relations and History and Dean's Professor of History

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Phone: (213) 740-3480
Office: VKC 330

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Biographical Sketch

Mary Elise Sarotte's newest book, The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, explores the causes of the fall of the Wall on the 25th anniversary of its opening (November 9, 2014).  

Her last book, 1989:  The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe (Princeton University Press) was a Financial Times "Book of the Year."  Foreign Affairs called it a new "classic" and it won three prizes: the Robert H. Ferrell Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) for distinguished scholarship on US foreign policy; the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize for distinguished scholarship in German and European Studies; and the Marshall Shulman Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS, renamed ASEES; co-winner).  In addition, the book received reviews in The London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as in other publications.

Sarotte's previous publications include the books Dealing with the Devil and German Military Reform and European Security as well as a number of scholarly articles.  Sarotte has also written for Time, Die Zeit, and The Economist and appeared as a political commentator on the BBC, CNN International and Sky News.  

Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University and her PhD in History at Yale University. After graduate school, she served as a White House Fellow and subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge. She received tenure there in 2004 before returning to the US to teach at USC. Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the board of the Willy Brandt Foundation in Berlin. 

In academic year 2014-2015, she is on leave as a Visiting Professor of Government and History at Harvard University.



Ph.D. History, Yale University, 12/1998
M.A. History M.Phil., Yale University, 5/1994
M.A. History, Yale University, 5/1990
A.B. History and Science, Harvard University, 6/1988
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