Erez Manela

Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History


Erez Manela (马雪松) is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. He is Director of Graduate Programs at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (where in 2022-23 he is also serving as Acting Center Director) and co-chair of the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS). In addition, he co-edits the book series on Global and International History at Cambridge University Press. 

He is the author of the prize-winning book The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007) and co-editor of four collaborative volumes: The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010), Empires at War, 1911-1923 (2014), The Development Century: A Global History (2018), and The Anticolonial Transnational: Imaginaries, Mobilities, and Networks in the Struggle against Empire (2023). He has published numerous scholarly articles, including notably “A Pox on Your Narrative: Writing Disease Control into Cold War History” (2010). 

His current work examines the global discourse about World War II as a “race war” and how it shaped visions for the postwar international order. He also has a longstanding interest in the conceptual and methodological aspects of writing international history resulting, inter alia, in a recent article on “International society as a Historical Subject” (2020).

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.

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