Peter Holquist, associate professor of history, has been appointed Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History. Dr. Holquist is a leading scholar of Russian and European History.
He served as founder and editor of the journal Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History from 1999 to 2010, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Modern History. Dr. Holquist is the author of the book Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia’s Continuum of Crisis, 1914-1921.
His research has received support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Dr. Holquist is currently serving as graduate chair of Penn’s history department. He has also served as a member of the SAS Committee on Undergraduate Academic Standing and the Faculty Fulbright Committee.
This chair was established in 1991 by the Honorable Ronald S. Lauder, W’ 65. He is the Chairman of Clinique Laboratories and President of RWL Water. He previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for European and NATO Affairs and as U.S. Ambassador to Austria. Mr. Lauder is active in a number of philanthropic activities, including the establishment of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, as well as organizations dedicated to Jewish welfare and the preservation of Jewish monuments and buildings.
At Penn, he co-founded the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies in 1983 with his brother Leonard A. Lauder, in honor of their father, Joseph H. Lauder. He is currently Chairman of the Lauder Institute’s Board of Governors.