Andrew Port

Andrew Port

Professor

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Andrew Port

Department

History

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 was the Editor of Central European History, the flagship journal in its field (2018 Impact Factor: 0.481), from 2014 to 2019, and he previously served as the Review Editor of the German Studies Review.

Andrew 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's 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 – “What Germans Talk About When They Talk About Genocide" – looks at German reactions to genocide in other parts of the world after the Holocaust, with a focus on Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia.

Port recently gave a series of interviews for Reunification Revisited, a multimedia, online project organized by the Goethe Institute of North America to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of German unification. He also reminisced in a front-page feature story that appeared in the Detroit Free Press about his own first-hand experiences in Berlin, where he witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. His next project is a history of post-1945 Germany, which will appear in "Polity Histories," a new series published by Polity Press.

For reflections on the events of January 6 in the US Capitol, see Port's contribution to Public Seminar, the online journal of The New School: "Embracing Democracy: The Storming of the US Capitol and the Mixed Lessons of Weimar Germany." Professor Port has also recently weighed in on a major debate about Holocaust memory in Germany and its connection to imperial history, postcolonialism, and contemporary Middle East politics: "The Wrath of Moses, or The Shadow Side of German Memory Culture."

Education

  • 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

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

Books

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).

Germany (Polity Books, forthcoming). 

 

Currently teaching

  • HIS 1400 World History since 1945, 3 credits, Fall 2020, Winter 2021

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)