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Dr. Hope Harrison

Research Fellow
Focus: 
End of the Cold War Project; East Germany in the Cold War

Dr. Hope Harrison is a Research Fellow with the Archive's End of the Cold War Project and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Harvard and her master's and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. Professor Harrison joined GW in 1999 after teaching at Brandeis University and Lafayette College. Her work focuses on the Cold War, East and West Germany, the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall, and the politics of history. In 2003, Princeton University Press published her book on the building of the Berlin Wall, Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961. Based on extensive archival research in Moscow and Berlin, the book won the 2004 Marshall Shulman prize of the Association for the Study of East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for the "best book on the international affairs of the former Soviet bloc." An updated version of the book was published in German on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall in 2011 (Ulbrichts Mauer: Wie die SED Moskaus Widerstand gegen den Mauerbau brach) by Propyläen Verlag. Prof. Harrison has published many scholarly articles on the Cold War and the Berlin Wall and is currently working on a book for Cambridge University Press about German historical memory and commemoration of the Berlin Wall – Beyond the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present. She has held a variety of research fellowships, including at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Davis Center at Harvard University, the American Academy in Berlin, the Free University of Berlin, and a Fulbright Fellowship at the German Federal Foundation for Reappraising the East German Past. In 2000-2001, an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations allowed Dr. Harrison to serve as a Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council. Her portfolio comprised Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. She has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, the History Channel, BBC, Deutschlandradio, Spiegel-TV, and elsewhere. Dr. Harrison is on the boards of the Allied Museum in Berlin, the Berlin Wall Memorial, and the Cold War Center in Berlin.