Peter L. Hahn

Peter L. Hahn

Peter L. Hahn

Professor and Dean, Arts & Humanities

(614) 292-2077

186 University Hall
230 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • US History since 1877
  • Diplomatic History
  • Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy

Peter L. Hahn B.A., 1982, Ohio Wesleyan University; M.A., 1984, Ph.D., 1987, Vanderbilt University.

Peter L. Hahn is professor of history and dean of arts and humanities at The Ohio State University. He served as chair of the History Department in 2006-15. An accomplished research scholar, Professor Hahn has published seven books on the history of American diplomacy in the Middle East, most recently Missions Accomplished? The United States and Iraq since World War I and Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Middle East Relations, as well as scores of articles, essays, and reviews.  Professor Hahn has conducted research in the archives of the United States, Israel, Britain, and France; delivered scholarly papers and invited lectures in ten countries; consulted with policymakers in the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Justice and with senior officers of the Ohio National Guard; and given interviews to the media on five continents.  In 2002-15, he served as executive director of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), a professional society of some 1,500 members residing in 44 countries.  He was elected to serve as president of SHAFR in 2018.

Professor Hahn has advised or co-advised more than three dozen doctoral dissertations in U.S. foreign relations history. He has taught thousands of undergraduates in courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations and modern U.S. history. He helped to launch an undergraduate study abroad program on World War II and its impact on the modern world.

Professor Hahn earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, where he defended his dissertation with distinction.  He won the 1998 Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize (for excellence in teaching and scholarship), and in 1995 he held a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in Jerusalem. In 2010, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed Professor Hahn to a five-year term on the State of Ohio’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

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