Erez Manela is a professor of history at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. His books include the prize-winning The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2007) and, as coeditor, The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Belknap Press, 2011) and Empires at War, 1911–1923 (Oxford University Press, 2014).
At the Radcliffe Institute, Manela is completing a book titled The Eradication of Smallpox: Collaboration amid Conflict in the Cold War Era, to be published by Oxford University Press. This work uses the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and ’70s as a case study to rethink major themes in postwar international history, including the relations between the superpowers, the history of international development, and the role of international organizations, and the dynamics of North-South relations in the postwar world.
Manela’s work has been supported by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. He is a coeditor, with John R. McNeill and Aviel Roshwald, of a book series on international and global history for Cambridge University Press. Manela, who earned his PhD at Yale University, also serves as the director of graduate student programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and as a program cochair of the program in international and global history at Harvard.