Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
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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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Proudly Liberal

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism by Paul Starr

Analysis and Commentary

The Right Stuff

by Peter Berkowitzvia Politico
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Polls indicate that Rudy Giuliani -- the thrice-married, twice-divorced, pro-choice and civil-union-supporting former New York City mayor -- has become the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination...

Analysis and Commentary

New Media and Old

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, February 9, 2007

The pre-election message, pronounced separately by a trio of distinguished professors but reflecting broader anxieties among Democratic Party activists and media elites, was grim...

New Media and Old

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on The Way to Win: Taking The White House in 2008 by Mark Halperin and John F. Harris

Liberal Education, Then and Now

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, December 1, 2006

J.S. Mill's idea of a university, and our own.

Partisan Freedom

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Sunday, October 1, 2006

Peter Berkowitz on Whose Freedom? The Battle over America’s Most Important Idea by George Lakoff

War-Torn Democrats

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Peter Berkowitz on With All Our Might: A Progessive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty edited by Will Marshall and The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again by Peter Beinart

Gentlemen Revolutionaries

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Peter Berkowitz on Revolutionary Characters: What Made The Founders Different by Gordon Wood

Analysis and Commentary

The Case Against Compromise

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 1, 2006

It is fairly certain that a book titled "The Party of Death" is not calculated to bridge differences, find common ground or in any other way still the controversy that has roiled American politics for more than 30 years…

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Armed Forces: 8, Law School: 0

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

Showing the wisdom of Solomon, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected law schools' challenge to "don't ask, don't tell." By Peter Berkowitz.

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