Carole Fink, who earned a B.A. from Bard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, joined the faculty of the OSU History Department in September 1991. She had previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the State University of New York at Binghamton, Canisius College, Albertus Magnus College, and Connecticut College.
Professor Fink, a specialist in European international history and historiography, has published three books, seven edited volumes, one translation, and numerous articles and chapters. These works include Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938 (Cambridge, 2004),which was awarded the George Louis Beer prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in European International History, Marc Bloch: A Life in History (Cambridge, 1989), the first biography of France's soldier-patriot-historian, which has been translated into six languages; The Genoa Conference: European Diplomacy, 1921-22 (Chapel Hill, 1984; Syracuse paperback edition, 1993), which was awarded the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in European International History; and an introduction to and translation of Bloch's Memoirs of War, 1914-15 (Cornell, 1980; Cambridge, 1988); as well as collections of essays on German Nationalism, European Reconstruction in 1921-1922, The Establishment of Frontiers in Europe after the Two World Wars, 1968: The World Transformed, Human Rights in Europe Since 1945, 1956: European and Global Perspectives, and German Ostpolitik, 1969 to 1974: The European and Global Response.
Professor Fink has been a section editor of the AHA Guide to Historical Literature as well as of Peace/Mir: An Anthology of Historical Perspectives to War. Her current research is on German Ostpolitik after 1966 and German-Israeli relations in the 1960s as well as on refugee problems during the 1920s and 1930s. In 2007 Professor Fink received the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar award.