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Charles Maier

Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, CES Resident Faculty & Director (1994-2001)


Charles Maier

Charles Maier is Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard and served as director of CES from 1994–2001 and in the fall of 2006. He was distinguished fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington during the spring of 2011, taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in spring 2007, and was a Humboldt Prize fellow in Berlin in 2003. Maier’s “Leviathan 2.0: Inventing Modern State” was published in autumn 2012 as a contribution to A World Connecting, vol. 5, edited by A. Iriye and J. Osterhammel. Other books include Among Empires: American Ascendancy and its Predecessors (2006); Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany (1997), The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity (1988), In Search of Stability: Explorations in Historical Political Economy (1987), and Recasting Bourgeois Europe (1975, 1988). He directs the Weatherhead Center’s Initiative in Global History (WIGH) with Sven Beckert. Maier was CES Director from 1994-2001.


  • Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
  • Director (1994-2001), CES, Harvard University