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

Waltzing Among the Rockets

by Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, February 16, 2009

The cover of the January 15-22 issue of Time Out Tel Aviv--a free weekly rundown of culture, dining, and night life--offers a juxtaposition at once incongruous and in keeping with the nation's mood and the harsh logic of its situation...

Analysis and Commentary

Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Now that George W. Bush has left the harsh glare of the White House and Barack Obama has settled into the highest office in the land, it might be reasonable to suppose that Bush hatred and Obama euphoria will begin to subside.

Constitutional Conservatism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A way forward for a troubled political coalition

Analysis and Commentary

Conservatives Can Unite Around the Constitution

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 2, 2009

After their dismal performance in November, conservatives are taking stock...

The European Left And Ours

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bernard-Henri Lévy, on point and off

In the News

Supposing Obama Were a Bipartisan

by Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, November 17, 2008

In August 2004, a then-obscure Illinois state senator delivered a dazzling keynote address at the Democratic National Convention...

Analysis and Commentary

Towering Ivories

by Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, November 3, 2008

Many people have as difficult a time hearing and giving due weight to the liberal in "liberal education" as they have in hearing and giving due weight to the liberal in "liberal democracy."...

In the News

Are Universities Above the Law?

by Peter Berkowitz with Peter M. Robinsonvia Weekly Standard
Monday, October 27, 2008

Three lawsuits--against Dartmouth College and Duke and Princeton universities--may be the best things to happen to higher education in decades...

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy is the swing vote

Power Misdirected

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 12, 2008

Did the Boumediene decision represent a victory for separation of powers? Hardly, despite what the Supreme Court majority claimed. Instead, it was judicial overreach. By Peter Berkowitz.

Patrick Moynihan Daniel Patrick

What Neoconservatism Is—and Isn’t

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 12, 2008

Where neoconservatism came from, what it stands for, and how it became associated with the war in Iraq. An intellectual movement considered. By Peter Berkowitz.