Tobias Hof

Visiting Professor (DAAD Hannah Arendt Chair for German and European Studies)
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 219N, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

History of Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism
Film History
History of Contemporary Germany and Italy
European History
Global History


Tobias Hof is Privatdozent for Modern History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and was a DAAD Visiting Professor in Modern History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the academic year 2022/2023 he will be the Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair for German and European Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

His research focuses on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism as well as the history of violence, fascism, and humanitarianism. He is the author of Staat und Terrorismus in Italien 1969-1982 (Oldenbourg, 2011), Galeazzo Ciano: The Fascist Pretender (University of Toronto Press, 2021) and Geschichte des Terrorismus von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (UTB, 2022) as well as many journal articles and book chapters on his research interests. He also contributes to the online journal Fair Observer.

Tobias Hof has taught at the University of Munich, the Washington University in St. Louis and UNC Chapel Hill. For several years, he was a researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. He has held grants and fellowships from the DAAD, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Max Weber Foundation. His current projects focus on the global emergency aid for Ethiopia in the 1970s/80s and the perception and reception of popular fantasy and science fiction novels as well as films within the far-right milieu.

Cross Appointments

Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policies


MA, University of Munich
PhD, University of Munich
Habilitation, University of Munich