Russell A. Berman

Senior Fellow

Russell A. Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a co-chair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.

Berman specializes in the study of German literary history and cultural politics. He is a member of both the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. He has served in numerous administrative positions at Stanford.

He is the author of numerous articles and books including Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998) and The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1986), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association (in 2000 and 1987, respectively). Hoover Institution Press published his books Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010) and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004). His other books include Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture (2007), Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: Representation and Nationhood (1993), Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics, and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (1989), and Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Wilhelmine Germany (1983). He has also published numerous articles in the Hoover Digest, most recently "Spoken Like a World Citizen" (spring 2011). His writings have also appeared in Defining Ideas and Advancing a Free Society.

Berman has received many honors and awards including a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University (1982–83), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1988–89), and the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany (1997).

Berman received his BA in 1972 from Harvard and his doctorate from Washington University in 1979.

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Europe and America: A Cultural Divide?

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

The divide between the United States and Europe is even wider than you think. By Russell A. Berman.

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“America, Non!”

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The epicenter of anti-Americanism? Not the Islamic world, but Europe. By Russell A. Berman.

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“Old Europe” Revolts

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

France and Germany have clearly put the United States on notice that they cannot be counted on in an emergency. We should face this fact soberly and without animus. By Hoover fellow Russell A. Berman.

Elections in Iraq
Analysis and Commentary

The Dilemma of Reforming a Post-Saddam Iraq

by Russell A. Berman, Stephen Haber, Barry R. Weingastvia World Trade
Monday, March 24, 2003

To understand how Western political and economic systems might be transplanted into a post-Saddam Iraq, we need to understand what is "Western" about our culture, politics, and economics.

Analysis and Commentary

Germany, Iraq, and the Security Council

by Russell A. Bermanvia New Republic
Monday, February 3, 2003

Germany's separate path of foreign policy not only has hurt relations with Washington, but has begun to isolate Germany in Europe.

The German Difference

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Why U.S.-German relations remain strained. By Hoover fellow Russell A. Berman.

Whatever Happened to the Academic Left?

by Stephen Haber, Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Russell Berman and Hoover fellow Stephen Haber on the evasions and illusions of contemporary academics.