Bard Faculty

Sean McMeekin

Francis Flournoy Professor of European History and Culture

Primary Academic Program: Historical Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Global and International Studies, Russian and Eurasian Studies


A.B., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; also studied at University of Paris 7, Moscow State University, Humboldt University, and Mezhdunarodny Universitet, Moscow. Previously taught at Koç University, Istanbul; Bilkent University, Ankara; and Yale University. He is the author of The Russian Revolution (forthcoming, 2017); The Ottoman Endgame. War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (2015), winner of the Arthur Goodzeit Book Prize awarded by the New York Military Affairs Symposium (NYMAS); July 1914: Countdown to War, which was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review; The Russian Origins of the First World War, which won the Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Book Prize and was nominated for the Lionel Gelber Prize; The Berlin to Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power, 1898–1918, winner of the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize; History’s Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks; The Red Millionaire: A Political Biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow’s Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West; and numerous articles and book chapters. Notable recent reviews have appeared in The American Historical Review, History Today, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review; Slavonic and East European Review; and Journal of Cold War Studies. Additional awards and fellowships include Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Fellowship at Yale; postdoctoral fellowship at the Remarque Institute, New York University; German Chancellor’s Fellowship, Humboldt Foundation; FLAS award for Russian language study in Moscow; and various fellowships and prizes from Stanford and UC Berkeley. At Bard since 2014.


Phone: 845-758-6822 x7448
Location: Fairbairn
Office: 206