Mazower, Mark

Ira D. Wallach Professor of History

Office Hours

Fall 2023: TBD


D.Phil. — Oxford University 1988
M.A. — Johns Hopkins University 1983
B.A. — Oxford University 1981


Interests and Research

Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History, specializes in modern Greece, 20th-century Europe, and international history. His current interests include the history of the Greek war of independence, and the historical evolution of the Greek islands in the very long run. He comments on international affairs and reviews books for the Financial Times, the Nation, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and others. In 2016 he made a film Techniques of the Body, a meditation on the refugee crisis in Greek history, with director Constantine Giannaris. He is currently exploring the theme of the unburied dead with theater director Theodoros Terzopoulos. His most recent book is What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (Other Press, 2017), a family history. He is founding director of the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination, which opened at Reid Hall in Paris in fall 2018 and which brings together scholars with leading artists, writers, composers and film-makers from around the world.



  • 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
  • Salonica, City of Ghosts: Duff Cooper Prize - 2005
  • John Criticos Prize, Runciman Prize, National Jewish Book Award - 2005
  • Dark Continent: German History Book Prize - 2002
  • The Balkans: Wolfson Prize for History - 2001
  • The Balkans: Adolphe Bentinck Prize - 2001
  • Dark Continent: Premio Acqui - 2001



  • Director, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
  • Member, Editorial Board, Past and Present


What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home

Governing the World: The History of an Idea

No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations

Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe

Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950

After the War was Over: Reconstructing the State, Family and the Law in Greece, 1943-1960

The Balkans

Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century

The Policing of Politics in Historical Perspective

Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-1944

Greece and the Inter-War Economic Crisis