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Christian Maisch Adjunct Asst Professor Global and Immersive Studies

Christian Maisch
(202) 895-4928
School of Prof and Extd Studies
Spring Valley Building - 437
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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 Joaquín Maisch has taught at American University as a full-time faculty member for more than thirty two years, from the Fall of 1988 through the Fall of 2020. Before 1988 and after 2020, Dr. Maisch has also taught as an adjunct faculty member.

He has taught for the School of International Service, the Washington Semester Program, the Graduate Gateway Program (now renamed Graduate Professional Studies), the Washington Mentorship Program, the Gap Year Program, the AU Core, the former School of Professional & Extended Studies, the World Capitals Programs (now renamed AU Abroad), and many summer programs.

Some of the courses he has taught have included the following:

• Contemporary Latin America,

• International Relations of Latin America,

• U.S. Foreign Policy,

• Global Politics,

• International Law & Organizations, and

• International Law: Fact or Fiction (for the AU Core’s Complex Problems Program).

Dr. Maisch has also taught 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 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 life-time member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was also a member 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, Dr. 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)
For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations
    Lifetime Member

  • Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies

AU Experts

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

Additional Information

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.

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To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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