Philippe Roman Chair at LSE

LSE is pleased to announce that award winning author Professor Timothy Snyder has been appointed to take up the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Relations for 2013/14. 

Professor Snyder is currently the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specialising in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust. He has written five award-winning books includingBloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, which has won ten awards including the Emerson Prize in Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and was named on 12 book-of-the-year lists for 2010. 

Professor Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997 where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He has had fellowships in Paris, Warsaw and Harvard, where he was an Academy Scholar, and is a frequent guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. 

Professor Arne Westad, director of LSE IDEAS, said: “Tim Snyder has revolutionised our understanding of central and eastern European history in the 20th century. It will be a privilege to have him teach here next year.” 

The Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs is based in LSE IDEAS, the School’s centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. The annual post gives LSE the opportunity to bring renowned academics from around the world to the School for a year of research, teaching and discussion. 

The chair was made possible through the generosity of LSE Governor Emmanuel Roman. Passionate about history, Mr Roman established the visiting professorship in 2007. Since February 2013 he has been CEO on Man Group after serving as co-CEO of GLG Partners LP since October 2010. Prior to this, Mr Roman spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of the University of Paris-Dauphine and received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. 

Mr Roman’s gift has enabled Professors Paul Kennedy, Chen Jian, Gilles Kepel, Niall Ferguson, Ramachandra Guha and current holder, Anne Applebaum, to enrich LSE with their knowledge and experience.

Professor Snyder will take up the post at LSE in October 2013 and will give four public lectures over the academic year on Eastern Europe and the world, as well as conduct a postgraduate seminar series entitled The Holocaust as World History.