Russell A. Berman

Senior Fellow
Biography: 

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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Candidates in Europe

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, August 6, 2012

The US Presidential election will be won and lost on the domestic economy, so Mitt Romney’s recent trip to three capitals –London, Jerusalem and Warsaw—provided some distraction in the summer lead-up to the party conventions and the start of the real campaign season in the fal

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Can't Ignore EU's Crisis

by Russell A. Bermanvia Investor's Business Daily
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Why the Euro Baffles America

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, July 13, 2012

Is democracy compatible with the European project?...

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Why the Euro Baffles America

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 13, 2012

Is democracy compatible with the European project?

Analysis and Commentary

Europe's Bailout Fund Goes to Court

by Russell A. Bermanvia Wall Street Journal Europe
Friday, July 6, 2012

Germany's Constitutional Court could yet derail the EU's latest rescue gambit...

Analysis and Commentary

A Tale of Two Courts: From Health Care to the Eurozone

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 2, 2012

A Tale of Two Courts: From Health Care to the Eurozone

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 2, 2012

Fallout from the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act will stretch through the presidential election and beyond, and legal commentators have plenty of questions to address: the limitations on the Commerce Clause, the ambiguity in the relationship of taxes to penal

In the News

Race and Violence, the European Way

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, April 26, 2012

For every Sanford, Fla., there’s an Amsterdam, Utoya, Zwickau & Toulouse...

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Race and Violence, the European Way

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 26, 2012

For every Sanford, Fla., there’s an Amsterdam, Utoya, Zwickau & Toulouse.

Analysis and Commentary

The Great Retreat

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 16, 2012

As the 2014 promised departure from Afghanistan draws nearer, popular support for the war is dwindling, and not only in the United States...

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