Holm Sundhaussen, born in 1942 in Berlin, received his PhD in history from the University of Munich in 1973. He defended his habilitation at the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 1981. Between 1973 and 1988, he worked as researcher at the Universities of Hamburg, Munich and Göttingen. He was appointed Professor for Southeast European History at the Institute for East European Studies at the Free University of Berlin in 1988,. Since 1998 he has served as a co-director of the Berlin School (formerly Centre) for the Comparative History of Europe.
Holm Sundhaussen is author and editor of numerous studies on history of Southeastern, Central Eastern and Eastern European history. His research is primarily concerned with social and economic history of the Balkans, nationalism and national identity in Southeastern Europe, and collective memory.