Social Sciences: Faculty

Dr. Alexander Vari

Professor of History


European history, Latin American history, urban studies

Dr. Alexander Vari is a historian of modern Europe with research interests in urban and cultural history, the history of nationalism, the history of travel and tourism, and everyday life under socialism. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University, and graduated with a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Babes-Bolyai University. A former holder of Fulbright, American Councils Southeastern Europe Program, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, he was also an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

At Marywood he teaches surveys in Modern European and World History, and upper level courses on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Global Popular Culture and Eastern European, Latin American, and Urban history. In his teaching he encourages student participation and critical engagement with the class material. He is a member of the Marywood Fulbright Committee, and currently serves as campus Fulbright Program Advisor.

He has published articles in Budapesti Könyvszemle, Journeys, Austrian History Yearbook, Journal of Contemporary History and Urban History, and book chapters in edited volumes published by Cornell University Press, Penn State University Press, Ashgate, UK and Transcript Verlag, Germany.  His current research project is a comparative investigation of the connections between the rise of urban popular culture and the globalization of entertainment in Central Europe.  He is also one of the co-editors of Socialist Escapes: Breaks from Ideology and Everyday Routine in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989 (Berghahn, 2013), and serves as book review editor for H-Urban.


Roots of the Modern World, 1750-1914 (HIST 100)
The Global History of the Twentieth Century (HIST 101)
Introduction to Latin America (HIST 241)
History of Eastern Europe (HIST 420D)
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (HIST 421)
Global History of Popular Culture, 1850 to the present (HIST 450)
European Cities: Urban Development and Metropolitan Change in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Budapest, 1800-1940 (HIST 460)

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