Carole Fink

Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Emeritus Faculty
Carole Fink, a specialist in European International History and Historiography, joined The Ohio State University faculty in 1991, received the university’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2007, and retired in 2011. She received her B.A. degree from Bard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, and was a former faculty member of 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’s most recent publications are Cold War: An International History (2014, 2nd ed. 2017) and Writing 20th Century International History: Exploration and Examples (2017). She is the author of two prize-winning books: Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878-1938 (2004) and The Genoa Conference: European Diplomacy 1921-1922 (1984, new ed. 1993), both of which were awarded the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for the best work that year in European International History. She has also written Marc Bloch: A Life in History (1989), the first biography of France’s soldier-patriot-historian, which has been translated into six languages. 
Carole Fink has written more than fifty articles and essays on European International History and co-edited seven collections of essays: German Ostpolitik, 1969-1974: The European and Global Response (2009); 1956: European and Global Perspectives (2006); Human Rights in Europe Since 1945 (2003); 1968: The World Transformed (1998); The Establishment of Frontiers in Europe after the Two World Wars (1996); European Reconstruction in 1921-1922 (1991); and German Nationalism (1985). She has also translated and written the introduction to Marc Bloch’s Memoirs of War, 1914-15 (1980, new ed. 1988) and been a section editor of the AHA Guide to Historical Literature (1995) and of the joint US-Russian publication, Peace/Mir: An Anthology of Historical Perspectives on War (1994).
Professor Fink has received two senior Fulbright Research Fellowships, to Australia and to Israel, research fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association of University Women, and the American Philosophical Society, and residential fellowships from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.  
Carole Fink is currently writing a book on West German-Israeli relations between 1965 and 1974 and continuing her research on human rights and refugees in the twentieth century.


Areas of Expertise
  • Diplomatic History
  • Modern European History
  • Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy