Research interests: United States in the world; Asia, the Middle East, and Africa; 20th-century international history; colonialism and nationalism; evolution of international society; international organizations and NGOs; global health; transnational networks and flows; development of institutions, norms, and practices.
Erez Manela (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. He also serves as Director of Graduate Programs at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and co-chairs the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS).
His most recent book, Empires at War, 1911-23 (2014), co-edited with Robert Gerwarth, recasts World War I as a global war of empires and has been translated into seven languages. His other books include the prize-winning The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007) and (as co-editor) The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010).
Manela has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others, and was a Burkhardt Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is also co-editor of a book series on Global and International History for Cambridge University Press.
Empires at War, 1911-1923 (co-editor). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (co-editor and contributor). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Articles & Chapters
“The Politics of Smallpox Eradication,” in John R. McNeill and Kenneth Pomeranz, eds., The Cambridge World History, Vol. VII: 1750-Present. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
“Global Anti-Imperialism in the Age of Wilson,” in Ian Tyrrell and Jay Sexton, eds., Empire's Twin: U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015.
“The Fourth Policeman: Franklin Roosevelt’s Vision for China’s Global Role,” in Wu Sihua et al., eds., 開羅宣言的影響與意義 / The Significance and Impact of the Cairo Declaration. Taipei: Chengchi University Press, 2014.
“The Great War as a Global War: Imperial Conflict and the Reconfiguration of World Order, 1911-1923,” Diplomatic History 38, No. 4 (Sept. 2014), 786-800 (co-authored with Robert Gerwarth). Revised version in Thomas W. Zeiler et al., eds., Beyond 1917: The United States and the Global Legacies of the Great War. Oxford University Press, 2017.
"Globalizing the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and the Pursuit of Smallpox Eradication," in Francis Gavin and Mark Lawrence, eds., Beyond the Cold War: Lyndon Johnson and the New Global Challenges of the 1960s. Oxford University Press, 2014.
" The United States in the World," in Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, eds., American History Now. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2011.
"Woodrow Who?" Diplomatic History 35:1 (2011): 75-80.
A Pox on Your Narrative: Writing Disease Control into Cold War History," Diplomatic History 34:2 (April 2010), 299-323. (中文-Chinese translation)
"Smallpox Eradication and the Rise of Global Governance," in Ferguson et al., eds. The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
'Peoples of Many Races’: The World beyond Europe in the Wilsonian Imagination in John Milton Cooper and Thomas J. Knock, eds., Jefferson, Lincoln, and Wilson: The Dilemma of Race and Democracy. University of Virginia Press, 2010.
"Reconceiving International History," Reviews in American History 37:1 (2009), 69-77.
"The 'Wilsonian Moment' in East Asia:The March First Movement in Global Perspective," Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies 9:1 (2009), 11-27.
"Dawn of a New Era: The ‘Wilsonian Moment’ in Colonial Contexts and the Transformation of World Order, 1917-1920," in Sebastian Conrad and Dominic Sachsenmaier, eds., Competing Visions of World Order: Global Moments and Movements, 1880s-1930s. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
"Imagining Woodrow Wilson in Asia: Dreams of East-West Harmony and the Revolt Against Empire in 1919," American Historical Review, 111:5 (December 2006), 1327-1351.
"A Man Ahead of His Time? Wilsonian Globalism and the Doctrine of Preemption," International Journal 60:4 (2005), 1115-1124.
"The Wilsonian Moment in India and the Crisis of Empire in 1919," in Wm. Roger Louis, ed., Yet More Adventures with Britannia. London: I.B. Tauris, 2005.
"Goodwill and Bad: Rethinking US-Egyptian Relations in the Interwar Years," Middle Eastern Studies 38:1 (2002), 71-89.
"The Wilsonian Moment and the Rise of Anticolonial Nationalism: The Case of Egypt," Diplomacy & Statecraft 12:4 (2001), 99-122.
Review of The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, by Susan Pedersen. Part of roundtable discussion in Il mestiere di storico, 8:1 (2017)
Review of Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism, Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman, eds. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47:2 (2016)
Introduction to Roundtable Review of The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire, by Susan Pedersen. H-Diplo, September 2016.
Article Review of “The United States and the Curious History of Self-Determination,” by Brad Simpson, Diplomatic History 36:4. H-Diplo, September 2014.
Review of The Global Lincoln, Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton, eds. Journal of American Studies 47:4 (2013).
Review of A World Connecting, 1870-1945, by Emily S. Rosenberg, Ed. H-Diplo, July 2013.
Review of The Right Kind of Revolution: Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present, by Michael E. Latham. Journal of Cold War Studies 15:1 (January 2013).
Review of The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle against Hunger in Asia, by Nick Cullather. Passport, Jan. 2012.
Review of Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War, by Guoqi Xu. American Historical Review (October 2011).
Review of Transplanting the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and Food for Peace, by Kristin L. Ahlberg. Journal of Cold War Studies 12:3 (Summer 2010).
Review of Woodrow Wilson, by John Milton Cooper, Jr. Boston Globe, 29 Nov. 2009.
Review on The Crisis in American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-first Century, by G. John Ikenberry, Thomas J. Knock, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Tony Smith, eds. H-Diplo, July 2009.
"Race, Civilization, and International Society," review of The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Asian Thought, by Cemil Aydin. H-Net Reviews, January 2009.
"Woodrow Wilson and Colonel House," review of Woodrow Wilson’s Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House, by Godfrey Hodgson. Diplomatic History 31:2 (April 2007).
Review of Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies, by Ian Buruma & Avishai Margalit. International Journal 60:1 (Winter 2004-2005).