Dr. Christoph Gassenschmidt was born in 1959 in Baden-Baden, (West-) Germany. He is a historian with a focus on Modern and East-European History. He holds a PhD in Modern European History from Oxford University, UK. He is a graduate of the 2015 ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute.

Christoph Gassenschmidt joined the History Department of DEREE – the American College of Greece in 1996. He teaches various undergraduate courses in American, German and Russian History as well as thematic courses on Slaves and Slavery in the US, Piracy, the Italo-American Mafia, The Wild West, Modern European Antisemitism and the Holocaust.