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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Understanding the Geneva Conventions

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In law schools — as well as in public discourse and at the highest levels of government — international law, particularly the law of armed conflict, has become a hot topic...

Analysis and Commentary

Harvard Law vs. Free Inquiry

by Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, May 17, 2010

Dean Martha Minow flunks the test...

Analysis and Commentary

Why Liberal Education Matters

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, May 15, 2010

The true aim of the humanities is to prepare citizens for exercising their freedom responsibly...

Course Correction

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Govern moderately, or the governed will turn against you. Clinton learned it. Will Obama? By Peter Berkowitz.

Course Correction

by Peter Berkowitzvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Last winter, Massachusetts voters did more than deliver a stunning rebuke to the transformative agenda obdurately pursued by President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and their minions.

Analysis and Commentary

Can Sarkozy Justify Banning the Veil?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 5, 2010

Circumstances are decisive. What might be unthinkable in the U.S. looks more reasonable in France.

Can Sarkozy Justify Banning the Veil?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 5, 2010

Last month, in a speech from the Elysée Palace, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his intention to enact a ban on the full Muslim veil.

The Exceptional Document

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Peter Berkowitz on The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide by Seth Lipsky.

Analysis and Commentary

Climategate Was an Academic Disaster Waiting to Happen

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, March 13, 2010

The notion of objective truth has been abandoned and the peer review process gives scholars ample opportunity to reward friends and punish enemies. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

A Usurpation of National Sovereignty

by Peter Berkowitzvia National Review
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The controversy sparked by the Sept. 15, 2009, publication of the Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, otherwise known as the Goldstone Report, may appear to exclusively concern the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . . .