Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies

Founding Director, Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination

Member, Committee on Global Thought

Mark Mazower is a historian and writer, specializing in modern Greece, 20th century Europe and international history. His current interests include the history of international norms and institutions, the history of Greek independence, and the historical evolution of the Greek islands in the very long run. He read classics and philosophy at Oxford, studied international affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center, and has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford (1988).

His books include Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44 (Yale UP, 1993); Dark Continent: Europe’s 20th Century (Knopf, 1998); The Balkans (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000); and After the War was Over: Reconstructing the Family, Nation and State in Greece, 1943-1960 (Princeton UP, 2000). His Salonica City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950 (HarperCollins, 2004) was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize. In 2008 he published Hitler’s Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe (Allen Lane) which won that year’s LA Times Book Prize for History. His most recent book is Governing the World: the History of an Idea (Penguin: London and New York, 2012). He is currently the director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for International History, as well as Chair of the History Department at Columbia University. He is also Founding Director of the university’s new Institute for Ideas and Imagination. His articles and reviews on history and current affairs appear regularly in the Financial Times, the GuardianLondon Review of BooksThe Nation and The New Republic.


Select Publications

Select Honors and Awards

  • Dido Sotiriou Award of the Hellenic Authors Society, 2012
  • Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Award – 2011
  • Hitler’s Empire: Trilling Award – 2009
  • Hitler’s Empire: LA Times Book Prize for History – 2009


  • D.Phil., Modern History, Oxford University
  • M.A., International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., Classics and Philosophy, Oxford University