Mary Elise Sarotte

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Mary Elise Sarotte is a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, a research associate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and Dean’s Professor of History and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University and her PhD in History at Yale University. Her 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 Financial Times Books of the Year. After graduate school, Sarotte 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 United States 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. Sarotte also serves on the board of the Willy Brandt Foundation in Berlin. She is currently working on a new book on the post-Cold War era.

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