Dr. Lukas Dovern teaches the history of modern Europe and of international relations. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Münster, Germany, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research is broadly concerned with the impact of globalization on Central Europe since the Second World War. He focuses in particular on Germany and Poland.
Dovern is currently working on a book manuscript that explores socialist Poland's ties to international financial institutions in East and West. Revealing the extent to which individuals and institutions cooperated across the Iron Curtain, he challenges the idea of a bipolar world order as an all-encompassing description of international relations in the second half of the twentieth century. The book argues that socialist Poland's international history followed worldwide patterns of globalization, not just the rhythm of superpower politics.
Dovern's classes at Stanford include a colloquium on urban planning and European cities in the twentieth century (HISTORY 237C/URBANST 152), a colloquium on economic life in Cold War Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (HISTORY 227B/327B), a lecture on the international system since 1914 (HISTORY 102/INTNLREL 102), and a survey of modern European history (HISTORY 10C/110C). He also enjoys working with students on their writing.