Dr. Wolf Schäfer
Professor and Chair
Department of Technology and Society
Director of the Institute for Global Studies
M.A., University of Munich, Ph.D., University of Bremen
Dr. Wolf Schäfer received his higher education in Marburg, Bonn, King's College London, Munich, and Bremen; he earned an MA in History, International Politics, and Philosophy and a PhD in History of Science and Technology and Social History.
Dr. Schäfer has worked at a German Max-Planck-Institute with C. F. von Weizsäcker and Jürgen Habermas, became a professor in Darmstadt, Germany, and moved to the United States in 1989. Here, he pioneered global history as an alternative to traditional world history, founded the Center for Global & Local History, and the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies as well as the Globality Studies Journal.
The author of over eighty articles and ten books, Schäfer has recently finished a book on the election of Donald Trump. His current research and teaching focuses on the Ethics of Technology (especially Automotive Ethics 1.0 and 2.0) and the organizational history of big science projects in the US and Germany during World War II.
Dr. Schäfer has served Stony Brook University's International Academic Programs and Services as Associate Dean and twice as Interim Dean. He was awarded a 2013 Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin and, in 2014/15, was the Academy’s Dean of Fellows.