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

Conserving Russell Kirk

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Monday, October 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays edited by George A Panichas

Analysis and Commentary

Contested Authority

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, September 15, 2007

It wasn't supposed to be this way...

Analysis and Commentary

Our Compassless Colleges

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 5, 2007

At universities and colleges throughout the land, undergraduates and their parents pay large sums of money for -- and federal and state governments contribute sizeable tax exemptions to support -- "liberal" education...

Vulgarizing the War Debate

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror by Stephen Holmes.

Analysis and Commentary

The New New Atheism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 16, 2007

"There is nothing new under the sun," proclaims the Book of Ecclesiastes...

Analysis and Commentary

American Creed

by Peter Berkowitzvia New York Post
Sunday, July 15, 2007

What have people meant across the generations when they say, "I believe in America"?

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A New Blend

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hybrid conservatives are becoming the dominant species. By Peter Berkowitz.

Spinoza's Religion

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave us Modernity by Rebecca Goldstein.

Analysis and Commentary

The Conservative Mind

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The left prides itself on, and frequently boasts of, its superior appreciation of the complexity and depth of moral and political life...

The State of Conservatives and Liberals

with Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt, Tod Lindbergvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt and Tod Lindberg discuss the state of conservatives and liberals in America. The discussion touches on an alleged liberal hatred towards conservatives and how the current "Bush Hate" climate is affecting the conservative movement. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.