Victoria Harms

Johns Hopkins University

Programs: Society, Culture & PoliticsRegions: Europe & Eurasia, GermanyCategory: Analysis

Victoria Harms is a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. She spent three years as post-doc at the Herder Institute for the History of East Central Europe in Marburg and as instructor at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen, Germany. She is the author of the upcoming monograph, The Making of Dissidents: The Hungarian Democratic Opposition and Its Western Friends, 1973-1998 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2023).

Victoria Harms specializes in Cold War and recent European history and politics, the history of sports, ideas, and intellectual history. Her work usually pursues a transnational and comparative approach and explores the entanglements of national histories in the twentieth century. Currently, she works on a project about the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and Ronald Reagan’s America as well as a project on West Germany’s positioning vis-à-vis the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics at a time of deepening trade relations with the Soviet Union.

Victoria Harms holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, a MA from the Central European University, Budapest, and a BA from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

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Orbán’s Enablers

German Conservatives and the EU Council’s Unanimity On December 12, 2022, as the first news of Eva Kaili’s arrest and “Qatargate,” the European Parliament’s first major corruption scandal, broke, Hungarian …