Congratulations to Dr. Andrew I. Port of Wayne State University, the recipient of the 2013 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies for his outstanding academic work in the field of Humanities.  Dr. Port’s book Conflict and Stability in the German Democratic Republic (also available in German translation) offers a careful analysis of East Germany and discusses how small accommodations made by the regime early on created horizontal cleavages in society that mitigated political dissent and led to regime stability.  His scholarship is especially relevant to AICGS, an Institute that was founded thirty years ago to study both West and East Germany.

Dr. Andrew I. Port is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. He previously taught as a Lecturer at Harvard University and at Yale University, and also worked as a Project Coordinator at the Office of Human Rights in Nuremberg, Germany.  He is currently the Review Editor of the German Studies Review, and will begin serving in 2014 as the Editor of the journal Central European History. His research focuses on modern Germany and Europe, communism and state socialism, social protest, popular resistance under autocratic regimes, and comparative genocide.  His current project is entitled “What Germans Talk About When They Talk About Genocide,” which looks at German reactions to genocide in other parts of the world since 1945, with a special focus on Cambodia, Rwanda, and the Balkans.

Dr. Port is the 19th recipient of the DAAD Prize, whose central aim is to foster a new generation of American scholarship on Germany and encourage innovative contributions to the interdisciplinary scope of German Studies. AICGS is grateful to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for its collaboration on and support of this prestigious award.