Wolf Schäfer

Wolf SchaferInterim Dean of International Academic Programs and Services, Executive Director of the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies

Dr. Schäfer has been on the faculty at Stony Brook University since 1989. He has served as undergraduate director for the department of history, chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee in the College of Arts and Sciences, co-chair of the Provost’s Committee on Globalization and Internationalization, associate dean of International Academic Programs and Services, and a variety of other committees.

Educated at the universities of Marburg, Bonn, Kings College London, Munich, and Bremen, Wolf Schäfer earned an MA in History, International Politics, and Philosophy, followed by a PhD in History of Science and Technology and Social History. In 1985, Dr. Schäfer became a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. Before that, in the 1970s, he worked at a Max-Planck-Institute with Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and Jürgen Habermas. After moving to the United States, in 1989, Wolf Schäfer pioneered global history (as an alternative to world history) and founded the Center for Global & Local History (home of the Long Island History Journal), as well as the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies. The author of over eighty articles and ten books, Schäfer also founded the Globality Studies Journal, which he edits. Wolf’s current research seeks to distinguish between functional and dysfunctional management styles in the organization of big science projects in the United States and Germany during World War II.