Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Since 2019, he has been serving on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the office of the secretary. He is a 2017 winner of the Bradley Prize. At Hoover, he is a member of the Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group. In addition, he serves as dean of studies for the Public Interest Fellowship, and teaches for the Tikvah Fund in the United States and in Israel. 

He studies and writes about, among other things, constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in the United States, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics.

He is the author of Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (Hoover Institution Press, 2013); Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press, 2012); Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999); and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995).

He is the editor of seven collections of essays on political ideas and institutions published by the Hoover Institution: Renewing the American Constitutional Tradition (2014); Future Challenges in National Security and Law (2010); The Future of American Intelligence (2005); Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases (2005); Varieties of Conservatism in America (2004); Varieties of Progressivism in America (2004); and Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic (2003).

He is a contributor at RealClearPolitics, and has written hundreds of articles,essays and reviews on a range of subjects for a variety of publications, including The American InterestAmerican Political Science ReviewThe AtlanticThe Chronicle of Higher EducationClaremont Review of BooksCommentaryFirst ThingsForbes.comHaaretzThe Jerusalem PostLondon Review of BooksNational JournalNational ReviewThe New CriterionThe New RepublicPolicy ReviewPoliticoThe Public InterestThe Times Literary SupplementThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Weekly StandardThe Wilson Quarterly, and the Yale Law Journal.

In addition to teaching regularly in the United States and Israel, Dr. Berkowitz has led seminars on the principles of freedom and the American constitutional tradition for students from Burma at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and for Korean students at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

He taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at George Mason University School of Law from 1999 to 2006, and political philosophy in the department of government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1999.

He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University, an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

The Illusory Quest for a Vital American Center

by Peter Berkowitzvia Mosaic Magazine
Thursday, April 6, 2017

What a new history of American civil religion gets wrong.


A Lawsuit Accuses Yale Of Censoring Even Inoffensive Ideas

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, April 2, 2017

A class essay condemning rape was ‘unnecessarily provocative,’ the Title IX coordinator allegedly said.


U.S. Must Build On Short-Term Steps In Israeli Peace Effort

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

President Donald Trump’s penchant for entwining reckless utterances and sound pronouncements was on vivid display at his joint White House press conference last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is still too early to determine which will predominate in administration policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Analysis and Commentary

Yale Lawsuit Spotlights Title IX, Sexual Assault 'Hysteria'

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, March 4, 2017

In an October 26, 2016, letter to the Wall Street Journal, Professor David M. Post, chair of Yale’s University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, defended the Ivy League institution’s “procedures for addressing sexual misconduct.” But his formulation betrayed him.


It’s Racial Indoctrination Day At An Upscale Chicagoland School

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 17, 2017

As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance.


Trump's Rise, Elites' Fall, Rot At The Top In Higher Ed

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, February 10, 2017

President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order prohibiting nationals from seven countries roiled by jihadism from entering the United States for three months—and the administration’s bungled roll-out of the order—reminded foreign policy elites in both parties why they feared and loathed Trump. As if they needed a reminder. 

Analysis and Commentary

How State Lawmakers Can Restore Freedom On Campus

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 30, 2017

Use the power of the purse to abolish speech codes—making public colleges into a model for private ones.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Can Help Debunk Alleged College "Rape Culture"

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Due process protections for the accused in campus cases alleging sexual assault have been under attack for decades.

GOP Image

Trump's GOP: Perched Between Risk And Opportunity

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Republicans have rarely had it so good or found themselves so politically vulnerable.


In Trump Era, A Chance To Reboot Conservatism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, January 22, 2017

By his flamboyance, crudity, and eclectic priorities as well as by his explicit statements, President Donald Trump has made it clear that the Republican Party is not identical to conservatism. That has always been true of the modern GOP dominated by Ronald Reagan’s long shadow. But the 2016 divergence was of unprecedented proportions.