James Sheehan began teaching modern European history at Stanford in 1979 and is now Dickason professor in the humanities, a senior fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and the Paul Davies Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He is the recipient of four teaching awards, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Humboldt Research Prize, and an NEH fellowship. His books include The Eclipse of Violence: The Transformation of Twentieth-Century Europe (forthcoming), Museums in the German Art World: From the End of the Old Regime to the Rise of Modernism (2000), German History, 1770-1866 (1993), and German Liberalism in the Nineteenth Century (1978). President of the American Historical Association in 2005, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy in Berlin, a corresponding fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Orden pour le Mérite.
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