Randall Hansen Biography

Randall Hansen

Randall Hansen is Director of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and a Chair in Politics at the University of Toronto. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Nuffield College, a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, and a Tutorial Fellow at Merton College Oxford, where he ran the PPE school. He has held visiting fellowships at UCLA, the Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po), Paris, the Humboldt University, Berlin and Trinity College, Dublin.


He is author of Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the Last Year of World War II (Faber, Doubleday, OUP), which received glowing reviews in the British and North American Press and The Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-5 (Doubleday, Penguin), which was published in 2008 to great acclaim and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award.


He has given public lectures throughout Europe and North America, and regularly speaks on local, national and international radio. He divides his time between Toronto and Berlin.

How I Found the Agency

I was scouting around for an agent last year, and Andrew's name was mentioned to me by several authors. I sent him an email with a proposal and a writing sample, expecting to hear back in a few weeks, if at all. Within a few hours, Andrew had written back with detailed comments on my writing, and an offer to become my agent. I met him a month later at his London office, and was deeply impressed by his enthusiasm and commitment. For a young author working on his first post-thesis book, his support and advice have been invaluable.