Charles S. Maier, born February 23, 1939 in New York City, is the Leverett Saltonstall Research Professor of History at Harvard University. From 1991 to mid-2002 he was Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies and served, 1994-2001, as Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Maier graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 1960, studied at St. Antony's College, Oxford on a Henry Fellowship during 1960-61, and returned to take his Ph.D. in history at Harvard, 1961-67. He taught at Harvard as instructor, assistant professor, and lecturer from 1967 to 1975; was a visiting professor of history at the University of Bielefeld in the German Federal Republic during the spring semester of 1976; then served as Associate Professor and Professor of History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, until 1981, when he returned to Harvard as Professor of History, Krupp Foundation Professor of History, 1991-2002, then as the first Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History until his retirement in June 2019.
He served as director of the undergraduate program in Social Studies from 1993 to 1997 and as Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies from 1994 to 2001. Together with Professor Sven Beckert he directs The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, a program that funds student research and post-doctoral exchanges and runs an ongoing seminar on topics that span different world regions. During his teaching career he offered undergraduate courses on modern global history, the two world wars, the European Union, and political trials and political justice (Ethical Reasoning 12).