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Mary Elise Sarotte

Associate, CES, Harvard University


Mary Elise Sarotte

Mary Elise Sarotte is the inaugural holder of the Kravis Chair in Historical Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. Her five books include The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall (2014) and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe (2009, updated edition 2014), both of which were named Financial Times Books of the Year, along with receiving other awards and commendations. Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University and her Ph.D. 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. Sarotte received tenure in Britain in 2004 before returning to the United States to teach, until last academic year, at University of Southern California as the Dean's Professor of History. Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting faculty member of Harvard's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • CES Associate, Harvard University