Prof. Dr. Michael North is Professor and Chair of Modern History at the University of Greifswald, Honorary Doctor of the University of Tartu and Director of the International Graduate Program “Baltic Borderlands”. 2007-2010 he acted as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Internationalization of Greifswald University.
Michael North studied history and Slavonic languages in Giessen, where he wrote his PhD-Thesis. He taught at the Universities of Hamburg, Kiel, Bielefeld and Rostock. 2004 he was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, 2007 a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar (The Netherlands), 09/2009–01/2010 Coordinator of the Research Group “The Reception of Netherlandish Art in the Indian Ocean Region and East Asia, and its Impact on Asian Cultures” at the NIAS and 09/2010–06/2011 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Modern German Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara.
His publications include: Art and Commerce in the Dutch Golden Age (1997), Art Markets in Europe, 1400‐1800 (1998, together with David Ormrod), Material Delight and the Joy of Living: Cultural Consumption in Germany in the Age of Enlightenment (2008), Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between Europe and Asia 1400‐1900 (2010), The Expansion of Europe, 1250‐1500 (2012) and The Baltic: A History (2015).