Andrew Port

Andrew Port

Editor-in-chief, Central European History


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Andrew Port



Andrew I. Port grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor. Before coming to Wayne State, he taught as a Lecturer at Harvard University and at Yale University, where he earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees. He also worked as a Project Coordinator at the Office of Human Rights in Nuremberg, Germany.

Port is the recipient of the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies, awarded by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he is a non-resident Fellow. He spent the first half of 2016 in Freiburg, Germany, as a Marie Curie Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS), and four months in 2018 as a Visiting Professor in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, thanks to a generous award from the Leverhulme Trust.

A past recipient at Wayne State of the President’s Award for Excellence inTeaching, as well as a Career Development Chair, Professor Port currently holds the Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship (2018-2020). He has received support in the past from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the Krupp Foundation. 

Port is the Editor of Central European History, the flagship journal in its field (2017 Impact Factor: 0.485), and he previously served as the Review Editor of the German Studies Review. His first book, Conflict and Stability in the German Democratic Republic, appeared in German translation as Die rätselhafte Stabilität der DDR and received a great deal of media attention in Germany. This included television, radio, and press reviews and interviews in leading German news outlets, such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung am Sonntag, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Port’s research focuses on modern Germany, communism and state socialism, memory and comparative genocide, labor history, and social protest. He has been frequently invited to lecture across the United States and Canada, as well as in Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, and elsewhere in Europe. His current project – “Hearts of Darkness" – looks at German reactions to genocide in other parts of the world after the Holocaust, with a focus on Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2000
  • M.A., Harvard University, 1995
  • B.A., Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989
  • C.E.P., Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po, Paris), avec mention, 1988

Awards and Grants

  • Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2018-2020

    Visiting Professor, Nottingham Trent University (UK), Leverhulme Trust Award, 2018

    Marie Curie Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS), 2016

  •  DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies, 2013

  •  President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2012

  •  Career Development Chair, Wayne State University, 2010-2011

  •  Leibniz Summer Fellowship, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, Germany, 2010

  •  Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University, 2008

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, CLAS, Wayne State University, 2008

  • Summer Research Grant, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2006, 2013

  •  University Research Grant, Wayne State University, 2004

  •  Fritz Stern Prize, German Historical Institute, finalist, 2001

  •  Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, Harvard University, 1997-1998

  •  Derek Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 1997

  •  Federal Chancellor Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1995-1996

  •  Krupp Foundation Fellowship, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1994-1995

  •  Max Weber Fellowship, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1991-1993

Selected Publications


Conflict and Stability in the German Democratic Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2008).

Die rätselhafte Stabilität der DDR. Arbeit und Alltag im sozialistischen Deutschland (Ch. Links Verlag, 2010; 2nd ed. 2010).

Die rätselhafte Stabilität der DDR. Arbeit und Alltag im sozialistischen Deutschland (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2011; 2nd ed. 2012).

Becoming East German: Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler (Berghahn Books, 2013; paperback 2015) (coedited with Mary Fulbrook).

Articles, Chapters, and Review Essays:

Introduction, "In Memory of the 'Two Helmuts': The Lives, Legacies, and Historical Impact of Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl: A Forum," Central European History 51, no. 2 (2018): 282-283.

Introduction (and commentary), "Holocaust Scholarship and Politics in the Public Sphere: Reexamining the Causes, Consequences, and Controversy of the Historikerstreit and the Goldhagen Debate. A Forum with Gerrit Dworok, Richard J. Evans, Mary Fulbrook, Wendy Lower, A. Dirk Moses, Jeffrey K. Olick, and Timothy D. Snyder," Central European History 50, no. 3 (2017): 375-403.

"Rethinking Regime Stability: The Life Stories of 'Loyal' East German Activists in the Early German Democratic Republic," Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte 58, no. 2 (2017): 367-412.

"Awkward Encounters: East German Relations with the Third-World 'Other,'" German History 35, no. 4 (2017): 630-637.

"All We Are Saying Is Give GDR History A Chance," in Die DDR als Chance: Neue Perspektive auf ein altes Thema, ed. Ulrich Mählert (Metropol, 2016), 165-72.

“People's History/Everyday life,” in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., vol. 11 (Elsevier, 2015), 108-13.

“Courting China, Condemning China: East and West German Cold War Diplomacy in the Shadow of the Cambodian Genocide,” in German History 33, no. 4 (2015): 588-608.

"Central European History since 1989: Historiographical Trends and Other Post-Wende 'Turns,'" in Central European History  48, no. 2 (2015): 238-48.

“Triumphalist History and Totalitarian Theory,” RARITAN: A Quarterly Review (Spring 2014): 141-56.

“’There Will Be Blood”: The Violent Underside of the ‘Peaceful’ East German Revolution of 1989,” in Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte: Politische Gewalt in Deutschland. Ursprünge – Ausprängungen – Konsequenzen, ed. José Brunner, Doron Avraham, and Marianne Zepp (Wallstein Verlag, 2014) , 217-35.

"Introduction: The Banalities of East German Historiography," in Becoming East German: Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler,  ed. Mary Fulbrook and Andrew I. Port (Berghahn Books, 2013), 1-30.

“Expectations, Predispositions, and the Paradox of Working-Class Behavior in Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic,” in Becoming East German: Structures and Sensibilities after Hitler, ed. Mary Fulbrook and Andrew I. Port (Berghahn Books, 2013), 201-18.

"'To deploy or not to deploy': The Erratic Evolution of German Foreign Policy since Unification," in United Germany: Debating Processes, and Prospects, ed. Konrad H. Jarausch (Berghahn Books, 2013), 267-77.

“The Dark Side of Eigensinn: East German Workers and Destructive Shopfloor Practices,” in Falling Behind or Catching Up? The East German Economy, 1945-2010, ed. Hartmut Berghoff and Uta Balbier (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 111-28. [Polish translation in Thomas Lindenberger and Alf Lüdtke, eds., Eigen-Sinn. Życie codzienne, podmiotowość i sprawowanie władzy w XX wieku [Eigen-Sinn. Everyday life, subjectivity and power in the 20th century], trans. Antoni Górny, Kornelia Kończal, Mirosława Zielińska (Poznań: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje, 2018)]

"A Cold-War Cudgel? The West German Print Media and the Cambodian Genocide," in ZeitRäume. Potsdamer Almanach des Zentrums für Zeithistorische Forschung (Wallstein Verlag, 2011), 147-59.

“Love, Lust, and Lies under Communism: Family Values and Adulterous Liaisons in the German Democratic Republic,” Central European History 44, no. 3 (2011): 478-505.

"Democracy and Dictatorship in the Cold War: The Two Germanies, 1949-1961,” in The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, ed. Helmut W. Smith (Oxford University Press, 2011), 619-43.

"Der erste Arbeiteraufstand in der DDR," in Deutschland Archiv 4 (2007): 605-13.

"Ringen um die Macht: Konflikte an der Basis der frühen DDR. Die Zeiss-Fertigungsstätte Saalfeld in den fünfziger Jahren," in Macht und Milieu. Jena zwischen Kriegsende und Mauerbau, ed. Rüdiger Stutz (Hain Verlag, 2000), 307-26.

“The ‘Grumble Gesellschaft’: Industrial Defiance and Worker Protest in Early East Germany,” in Arbeiter in der SBZ/DDR, ed. Klaus Tenfelde and Peter Hübner (Klartext Verlag, 1999), 787-810.

“When Workers Rumbled: the Wismut Upheaval of August 1951 in East Germany,” Social History 22, no. 2 (1997): 145-73.

Currently Teaching

  • HIS 8240 -- Modern Europe Graduate Seminar


Courses taught

Modern Europe Seminar (HIS 8240)

History and Memory (HIS 7855)

Historical Methods and Theory (HIS 7830)

Capstone Seminar for History Majors (HIS 5996)

Nazi Germany (HIS 5480/7480)

Modern Germany (HIS 5470/7470)

Twentieth-century Europe (HIS 5440/7440)

Genocide in the Modern World (HIS 3995/6000)

World History since 1945 (HIS 1400)