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Kristina Spohr

Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor

Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs


Kristina Spohr is Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. She is a specialist in the international history of Germany since 1945 and interested in the theory and practice of contemporary history. She has authored and edited several books, including The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (Oxford University Press, 2016) – also in extended German edition Der Weltkanzler (WBG/Theiss, 2016); Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Germany and the Baltic problem after the Cold War: The Development of a New Ostpolitik, 1989-2000 (Routledge, 2004). She is currently completing a book on the global exit from the Cold War 1989-1992 which will appear in 2019 with Yale University Press. 

Spohr studied at the University of East Anglia, Sciences Po Paris, and Cambridge University, where she earned her PhD in History and served as a post-doctoral fellow. She also worked as a Research Fellow in the Secretary General’s Private Office at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Spohr is a former Archives Fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (U.K.), and currently serves on the board of the Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bonn).


In the News

Baltic states 1939-1940.

Kristina Spohr participated in University of Cambridge webinar, 6/25

The wall, the square, and the post-Cold War order

Kristina Spohr interviewed on American Interest podcast, 4/7

China’s new Silk Road.

Kristina Spohr wrote in New Statesmen, 4/1

Impeachable or not, Trump’s foreign policy is reckless.

Kristina Spohr quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 12/16

Pompeo tours sites where he served with NATO forces, as U.S. casts doubts over the alliance.

Mary Elise Sarotte and Kristina Spohr quoted in The Washington Post, 11/8

Brookings experts’ reading list on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

Mary Elise Sarotte and Kristina Spohr cited by Brookings Institution, 11/6

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, Western order faces new strains.

Daniel Hamilton and Kristina Spohr quoted in Los Angeles Times, 11/6

Legacy of the ‘Hinge’ years: 1990 to today.

Kristina Sphor interviewed on American Institute for Contemporary German Studies The Zeitgeist podcast, 5/1