Eric D. Weitz
is Distinguished Professor of History and the former Dean of Humanities and Arts at The City College of New York (CCNY). Previously he was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College. At Minnesota he chaired the History Department and directed the Center for German and European Studies. He held the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and was Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Trained in modern German and European history, Weitz has also worked in international and global history. He is currently completing, A World Divided: A Global History of Nation-States and Human Rights since the Eighteenth Century.
His major publications include Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy
(2007; second expanded edition 2013), A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation
(2003; reprint with new foreword 2014), and Creating German Communism, 1890-1990: From Popular Protests to Socialist State
(1997), all with Princeton University Press. Weimar Germany
was named an "Editor's Choice" by The New York Times Book Review
As Dean of Humanities and Arts at CCNY, Weitz built the faculty and identified new resources for faculty research and creative activity. He promoted interdisciplinary collaborations across the College, and sponsored new programs for students that provide them with major educational experiences outside of New York City. One highlight is the cooperation with Stanford University, in which 10 of CCNY’s best Humanities students engage in research projects over the summer with Stanford faculty mentors. The goal is to prepare them for doctoral programs in the Humanities and, ultimately, to help diversify the professoriate in the United States. In turn, CCNY provides teaching experience for advanced Stanford Ph.D. students.
Weitz is a frequent lecturer in public and academic settings. He has written and lectured on the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide of the Herero and Nama of Namibia. In 2006 he initiated a book series with Princeton University Press, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity
Weitz has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others.