Established in 1999 by the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation), Axel and Naneen Hunter Neubohn, Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, German alumni, institutions, and friends in honor of Steven Muller

Image Credit: Susan Wood STEVEN MULLER, the 10th president of the university, also served as president of the hospital, a dual appointment held previously only by Hopkins' founding president, Daniel Coit Gilman. Dr. Muller, who was named president emeritus when he retired in 1990, is credited with expanding the regional and global presence of the university. The initiative to endow this professorship in his honor received support from former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Dr. Muller died in January 2013 at the age of 85.


The ROBERT BOSCH STIFTUNG (Foundation) of Stuttgart was established by the estate of Robert Bosch, who died in 1942. Mr. Bosch, who founded the Bosch Company, dedicated his life to humanitarian concerns.


AXEL NEUBOHN, SAIS Bologna 1963, and NANEEN HUNTER NEUBOHN, SAIS Bologna 1963, SAIS 1964, are executives in international business and finance. The couple met as students at the Bologna Center. Mrs. Neubohn went on to become managing director of Morgan Stanley & Company Ltd., London, and co-head of Morgan Stanley, Germany. Mr. Neubohn served as vice president and business manager in Citicorp's European consumer banking group. Naneen Neubohn chaired the Bologna Center Advisory Council from 1994 through 2008, and is a university trustee emeritus.


WINRICH KÜHNE is the Steven Muller Professor in German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center. His areas of expertise include the development of German foreign policy, Africa, the Balkans and other regions as well as peacekeeping, crisis prevention and conflict analysis.

Recently retired as director from the German Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), he has also been a longtime consultant for the German Parliament and government, the European Union and the UN Department of Peacekeeping. Presently he serves as a member of the advisory board on civilian crisis management of the German government and of the United Nations of the German Foreign Affairs Office. Until 2002 he was deputy director of the German Research Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and has been an election observer in several countries including Namibia, Malawi and South Africa.

Dr. Kuhne has written extensively on German and Soviet third world policy during the Cold War, African issues, as well as on peace operations, peacekeeping, and other foreign and security policy issues. Dr. Kühne received his PhD in international law from the University of Tuebingen and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of International Peacekeeping and Global Governance.

In 2010, Germany’s president awarded Dr. Kühne the Bundesverdienstkreuz Order of Merit for his outstanding contribution to improving German and international conflict prevention and management capabilities. The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is the highest tribute the country can pay to individuals for services to the nation. It was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss.