Jussi Hanhimäki


Professor, International History and Politics
Chair of the Department of International History and Politics
Spoken languages
English, French, Finnish
Areas of expertise
  • Cold War
  • Foreign policies
  • History of international relations
  • Immigrants, refugees, diasporas
  • International organisations, UN
  • NATO and alliance relations
  • Transatlantic relations
  • US Foreign Policy
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • North America
  • Western and Central Europe



PhD, Boston University
Faculty member since 2000, Professor Hanhimäki was previously a Lecturer at the London School of Economics. From 2002 to 2003, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Washington, DC) and is the recipient of the 2002 Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was elected Finland Distinguished Professor in 2006. His main research interests include American foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and the international history of the Cold War.


Selected publications

  • ‘Just Symbolic? : Sport as a Barometer of International Relations’, Olympic review (2022)
  • “Détente and the Reconfiguration of Superpower Relations.” (2022). 
  • Bibliographic info: In D. Engerman, M. Friedman, & M. McAlister (Eds.), The Cambridge History of America and the World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).  Pp. 512-534.
  • Pax Transatlantica: America and Europe in the Post-Cold War Era (New York, 2021)
  • An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences (London, 2013). With Bernhard Blumenau.
  • The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War (Washington, D.C., 2013).
  • United Nations: A Very Short Introduction (New York, 2008, 2015). Arabic translation in 2013.
  • Transatlantic Relations Since 1945: An Introduction (London, 2012). With Benedikt Schoenborn and Barbara Zanchetta.
  • The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy (New York, 2004).
  • Understanding the Cold War: A History with Documents and Eye-Witness Accounts  (Oxford, 2003, 2004). Withe Odd Arne Westad.



  • Senior Fellow, LSE IDEAS (2012)
  • Editor, Cold War History
  • Finland Distinguished Professor, Academy of Finland (2007-2011)
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2002-2003)
  • Winner of the Bernath Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2002)
Jussi Hanhimäki
Jussi Hanhimäki

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