Mazower, Mark

Ira D. Wallach Professor of History

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


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 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 books are The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe (2021) which won the Duff Cooper Prize and What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (Other Press, 2017), a family history. He is Stavros Niarchos 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.



  • Gennadius Prize, 2023
  • Honorary Citizenship, Republic of Greece. 2022
  • Fellow of the British Academy, 2019
  • D. Litt., honoris causa, Catholic University of Leuven, 2019
  • D. Litt., honoris cause, University of Athens, 2015
  • Dido Sotiriou Award of the Hellenic Authors Society, 2012
  • Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Award - 2011
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 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



  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director, Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination
  • 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