Annemarie (Ari) Sammartino

  • Professor of History
  • Chair of History

Areas of Study


  • BA, Rice University, 1996
  • MA, University Michigan Ann Arbor, 1998
  • PhD, University Michigan Ann Arbor, 2004


Annemarie Sammartino is the author of The Impossible Border: Germany and the East, 1914-1922 (Cornell UP, 2010), which addresses the political and ideological ramifications of migration during and after World War I.  She has also published articles on citizenship and asylum policy in interwar Germany, paramilitary politics in Europe after World War I, and urban history in East Germany and the United States.

She is now working on a monographic study of mobility and spatial planning in East Germany from 1949-1989, as well as a project on urban crisis and mass housing in New York City from 1965-2000. In addition, she is the author Stepping into the Past (Oxford UP, forthcoming), a book of pedagogical activities and games for the European History classroom. Prof.

Sammartino teaches courses in modern European history, including a first year seminar on everyday life in 20th c. European dictatorships, lecture courses on gender in Modern Europe and the history of Germany and Central Europe, as well as upper level classes in urban and migration history and intellectual history.

Fall 2021

Everyday Life in Twentieth Century European Dictatorships — FYSP 043
Colloquium: Readings in 20th Century Urban History — HIST 479
History Senior Projects — HIST 500

Spring 2022

Modern European History — HIST 102
History Senior Projects — HIST 500


Annemarie Sammartino gives lecture for advanced placement exam series

May 11, 2021

Professor of History Annemarie Sammartino gave a lecture on "Consumer Culture in Cold War Europe" for the Advanced Placement European History's series of college faculty master classes designed to help students prepare for the AP exams this spring.

Annemarie Sammartino interviewed

October 2, 2020

Professor and Chair of History Annemarie Sammartino was interviewed as part of the documentary “Beethoven's Scowl” on the CBC's Ideas program, which investigated the way that Beethoven has functioned as a symbol over the past two centuries. 

Annemarie Sammartino Publishes

April 11, 2016

Associate Professor of History Annemarie Sammartino has published “Mass Housing, Late Modernism, and the Forging of Community in New York City and East Berlin, 1965-1989" in the American Historical Review (Volume 121, Issue 2, Pgs. 492-521).

Co-op City in New York City and Marzahn in East Berlin were constructed in the late 1960s and late 1970s, respectively. This article explores both the intentions of their planners and the experiences of their residents in these two very different societies. It challenges the standard narrative of urban modernism, which sees its demise with the growth of new urbanist critiques of the 1960s.

Instead, it posits that urban modernism proved flexible enough to respond to this challenge with developments like Co-op City and Marzahn, which were simultaneously more ambitious, more defensive, and more thoughtful about the nature and meaning of urban community than their modernist predecessors in the immediate postwar period. Finally, Sammartino argues that late modernist ideas about community, in particular a kind of urban community that offered a contrast to American-style consumerism, provide a connective thread across the Iron Curtain in the later Cold War.