Hope M. Harrison, Ph.D.

Hope Harrison received her bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and obtained her master's and doctorate degrees in Political Science from Columbia University, including a Certificate from the Harriman Institute. She taught at Brandeis University and Lafayette College where she was an assistant professor. Harrison has held research fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin, the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, the Davis Center and the Belfer Center at Harvard University, the Institute of Europe in Moscow, the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam, Germany, and the Free University of Berlin. Harrison received a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in 1999 to work in the U.S. government. She spent her fellowship year serving in the White House at the National Security Council in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. She was Director for European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibility for U.S. policy toward Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. Among the issues she focused on were the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, the reconciliation process between Turkey and Armenia, and Georgian ties with the U.S. and Russia. She had a Fulbright Fellowship in Berlin at the German Federal Foundation for Reappraising the East German Communist Past, and she held a Wilson Center Fellowship with the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. As an expert on the Cold War, Germany, and Russia, Harrison has been a featured expert on CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, the History Channel, Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandfunk, Spiegel-TV, Voice of America (in Russia), NTV (Russia), and elsewhere. She has been invited to give lectures in the U.S., Canada, Russia, China, and throughout Europe. She has directed The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Program on Conducting Archival Research. She has also served as the chair of the advisory council of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. Harrison is a Senior Fellow with the History and Public Policy Program as well as the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Council on Germany, the American Institute for Contemporary Germany Studies, and the Atlantik Brücke. In Berlin, she is a member of the Berlin Wall Memorial Association, the international advisory board of the Allied Museum, and the governing board of the Cold War Center Museum in Berlin.