Maxim H. Botstein
Fritz Stern Postdoctoral Fellow, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
Biography:Maxim Botstein studies the intellectual history of modern Europe, with a focus on the development of higher education and democratic thought. His dissertation, “Democracy and the University: America and the Reconstruction of West German Higher Education, 1945–1966” (Harvard University, 2023), examined postwar debates over the role of education in the new German democracy and efforts to reform German universities. His research interests include the intellectual exchange between the United States and Europe, the interplay between intellectual debates and bureaucratic institutions, and the relationship among politics, society, and culture. Honors and awards include several certificates of distinction in teaching from Harvard; a Krupp Foundation Fellowship; DAAD Research Grant; Fulbright Study/Research Grant for Germany; and Laurence Hutton Prize in History. As a teaching fellow, his courses included German History from Bismarck to Hitler, the Democracy Project, German Empires, and What Is Military History?
BA, Princeton University; PhD, Harvard University.