Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 09/24/2011

Mary Elise Sarotte, Ph.D., Class of 2002
Professor of History and Professor of International Relations,
University of Southern California

“The 2002 summit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

Among other works, Mary Elise Sarotte is the author of 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe. Her book was selected by The Financial Times as one of its “Books of the Year,” while Foreign Affairs called it “the new classic” on the end of the division of Europe. It is the first book to win both the prize for best book on US foreign policy the Ferrell Prize of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations for Best Book on U.S. Foreign Policy, and Shulman Prize the for Best Book on Communist Foreign Policy from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. It is the first book ever to receive both of these awards. Professor Sarotte’s book has also received the German government’s Academic Exchange Service Prize for Distinguished Scholarship on German and European Studies. Professor Sarotte, who received her AB from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in History from Yale University, holds a joint appointment as Professor of History and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. Prior to her appointment at USC, Professor Sarotte was a White House Fellow and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a book reviewer for The Economist.

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