- PhD, American University, 1981
MA, American University, 1978
BA, Ohio Dominican University, 1977
- Languages Spoken
- Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, reading proficiency in French
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- Joseph Eldridge University Labyrinth
Areas of Expertise: U.S. Foreign Policy, International Law & Organizations, Inter-American Diplomatic History
Dr. Christian J. Maisch teaches in the School of Professional & Extended Studies. From the fall of 1988 through the present, Dr. Maisch’s primary teaching responsibilities have included the following courses:
• The SPExS’ Washington Semester Program Seminars, Internship Course, and Research Project Course on U.S. Foreign Policy
• The SPExS’ Washington Semester Program Seminars, Internship Course, and Research Project Course on International Law & Organizations
• The SPExS’ Graduate Gateway Program (now Graduate Professional Studies) Seminar and Internship Course on International Affairs
Dr. Maisch has also taught the SPExS’ Gap Year Program on International Affairs in the Spring of 2017, as well as the Washington Semester Program on International Environment & Development Seminars and Field Practicum Study Trip to Costa Rica in the Spring Semesters of 1999 and 2000.
As part of the AU Abroad Programs, Dr. Maisch directed and taught the Madrid Semester Program in the Spring Semester of 1991, as well as the London Semester Program in the Spring Semesters of 1992 and 1994.
Dr. Maisch has taught International Relations of Latin America and Contemporary Latin America in American University's School of International Service. He has also given guest lectures in English and Spanish at the Inter-American Defense College and other academic venues in the United States and overseas.
Dr. Maisch served as Associate Dean of the Washington Semester Program, Washington Professional Development, and the School of Professional & Extended Studies from January of 2010 through August of 2012. From September of 2012 through August of 2013, he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of the School of Professional & Extended Studies.
Dr. Maisch is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and of the Mid Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (in whose Executive Committee he served as a member from 2007 to 2009). His research focuses primarily on inter-American and Latin American politics, international law, and diplomatic history.
Before joining the full-time faculty of American University, Professor Maisch worked for the Inter-American Development Bank’s Office of External Relations and Department of Plans and Programs, in Washington, DC, from 1982 to 1988.
• American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment (2018)
• Washington Semester Program Distinguished Teaching and Service Award (2007)
WSEM-400 Washington Summer Intern/Sem: Colloquium: Int'l Affairs
CORE-106 Complex Problems Seminar: Int'l Law: Fact or Fiction?
SPEX-120 Mentored Field Practicum
WSEM-018 Global Politics
Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations
Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies
Area of Expertise
Latin American history, contemporary affairs and relations with the U.S.; U.S. foreign policy; inter-American law; politics, history, and foreign policy of Peru; contemporary history of Spain; history of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands
Christian J. Maisch is the author of several publications, including "George Slacum" (biographical entry about the U.S. Consul in Buenos Aires in the 1820s–'30s in Dictionary of Falklands Biography,London, 2008); "Is There an Inter-American International Law?: A Case Study of Latin American Juridical and Intellectual History as Seen Through the Debate over the Existence of a Regional International Legal System in the Western Hemisphere," in Latin American Essays (the refereed journal of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, MACLAS, Volume XX, 2007); "Free Trade—The Inter-American System's Oldest and Newest Goal: The Evolution of Economic Themes in Inter-American Relations from the 1800s to the Present," in Latin American Essays (MACLAS, Volume XVII, 2004); "The Falkland/Malvinas Islands Clash of 1831–1832: U.S. and British Diplomacy in the South Atlantic," in Diplomatic History(2000); "The Anglo-Argentine Dispute over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands in the Light of International Law and History," in La Política Internacional, el derecho y el territorio nacional (Argentina,1998); and "Peruvian Democracy in the 1990s" in Latin American Essays (MACLAS, Volume X, 1997). Maisch's book, Un Análisis Jurídico e Histórico de la Disputa Anglo-Argentina Sobre las Islas Malvinas [ A Legal and Historical Analysis of the Conflicting Anglo-Argentine Claims to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands], was published by Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, Peru, in 1995.