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Peter Baldwin (professor)

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Peter Baldwin
Peter Baldwin
Peter Baldwin
OccupationProfessor & philanthropist

Peter Baldwin (born December 22, 1956)[1] is a research professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University, and a philanthropist.[2]

Academic career


He was educated at Harvard (MA and PhD, both in History 1980 and 1986), and Yale (BA Philosophy and History, 1978).[3] He has written several books on the comparative history of Europe and America.

Baldwin also serves on the boards of the New York Public Library,[4] the American Council of Learned Societies,[5] the Central European University,[6] and as chair of the board of the Center for Jewish History.[7]



With his wife Lisbet Rausing, who is an heir of the Tetra Pak fortune, Baldwin co-founded the Arcadia Fund in 2001. The Fund has given away over $1 billion to charities and scholarly institutions globally that preserve cultural heritage and the environment and promote open access.[8]

Arcadia-funded projects include the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities,[9] The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library[10] and Fauna & Flora International's Halcyon Land and Sea fund.

Baldwin joined the advisory board of the Wikimedia Endowment in 2016.[11] Baldwin and Rausing gave $5 million to the Wikimedia Endowment in 2017[12] and are listed among the biggest benefactors to the Wikimedia Foundation.[13]


  • The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
  • Reworking the Past: Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians' Debate, edited with an introduction (Beacon Press, 1990)
  • Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (University of California Press, Berkeley, and the Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, 2005)
  • The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike (Oxford University Press, 2009)[14]
  • The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle (Princeton University Press, 2014)[15]
  • Command and Persuade: Crime, Law, and the State across History (MIT Press 2021)
  • Fighting the First Wave: Why the Coronavirus was Tackled so Differently across the Globe (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
  • Athena Unbound: Why and How Scholarly Knowledge Should Be Free for All (The MIT Press, 2023)[16]


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ "Peter Baldwin | UCLA History". history.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2023-11-20.
  3. ^ "Peter Baldwin". UCLA. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  4. ^ "The New York Public Library Board of Trustees". The New York Public Library. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  5. ^ "ACLS Board of Directors". ACLS. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  6. ^ "Board of Trustees | Central European University". www.ceu.edu. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  7. ^ "Center for Jewish History :: 15 W. 16th Street NY, NY 10011". www.cjh.org. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  8. ^ "For Libraries at UCLA and Yale, $5 Million Arcadia Fund Gifts Go Beyond Money". Archived from the original on 2012-11-07.
  9. ^ "Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) – Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities". www.bbaw.de. Retrieved 2023-11-20.
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Endangered Archives Program". 2017-09-11. Archived from the original on 2017-09-11.
  11. ^ Brent, Marc (2016-09-09). "Peter Baldwin, professor and philanthropist, is appointed to the Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board". Diff.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2023-12-27.
  12. ^ Thaney, Kaitlin (2017-09-25). "Matching gift grows Wikimedia Endowment by $10 million". Diff.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2023-12-27.
  13. ^ Wikipedia 15 Contributors Retrieved December 26, 2023.
  14. ^ "Faculty—History: Peter Baldwin". University of California. Archived from the original on 2023-03-04. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  15. ^ Baldwin, Peter (17 May 2016). "The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle". ISBN 9780691169095.
  16. ^ Danton, Robert (December 21, 2023). "The Dream of a Universal Library". The New York Review of Books. 70 (20): 73–74.