Peter Berkowitz

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Peter Berkowitz
Born 1959 (age 56–57)
Nationality American
Fields Law,
Liberal democracy
Institutions Hoover Institution,
Israel Program on Constitutional Government,
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Alma mater Yale University,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Swarthmore College

Peter Berkowitz (born 1959)[1] is an American political scientist, a former law professor, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University; an M.A. in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a B.A. in English literature from Swarthmore College (1981).[2]

Berkowitz taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at George Mason University School of Law from 1999 to 2007, and political philosophy in the Department of Government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1999.[3]

In 1997, after Harvard University president Neil Rudenstine rejected the Department of Government's recommendation and denied his tenure, Berkowitz challenged the process by which Rudenstine reached his decision through Harvard's internal grievance procedure.[4] Eventually, in 2000, he brought a lawsuit for breach of contract against Harvard alleging flaws in both the tenure review process and the grievance procedure.[5] In 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts dismissed his case.[5]

He is co-founder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government[6] and is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.[7] He has defended George W. Bush and neoconservative policies.[8] He has also written articles on liberalism and conservatism in the United States and on atheism.[9]

In 2003 he penned an article in The Weekly Standard defending philosopher Leo Strauss from detractors who claimed that Strauss taught an elite group who served in high positions in Bush administration to secretly manipulate policy for a neoconservative agenda.[10]

Berkowitz formerly served on the foreign policy advisory team of Republican Party presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.[11]


  • Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999).
  • Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995).
  • Varieties of Conservatism in American, editor (Hoover Institution Press, 2004).
  • Varieties of Progressivism in America, editor (Hoover Institution Press, 2004)
  • The Future of American Intelligence, editor (Hoover Institution Press, 2005)
  • Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases, editor (Hoover Institution Press, 2005).
  • Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic, editor (Hoover Institution Press, 2003).

Berkowitz has co-edited the Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society book series with Tod Lindberg since 2005.


  1. ^ "Peter Berkowitz curriculum vitae" (PDF). George Mason University School of Law. Retrieved November 13, 2011.  Berkowitz attended Swarthmore from 1977 to 1981, according to his LinkedIn.
  2. ^ Hoover Institution – Fellows – Peter Berkowitz
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  4. ^ "Berkowitz Appeals Tenure Denial". Harvard Magazine. March–April 1999. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Case Dismissed". Harvard Magazine. September–October 2003. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
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  7. ^ About EPPC – Policy Advisory Board
  8. ^ "The Insanity of Bush Hatred By Peter Berkowitz". Opinion Journal". 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  9. ^ "Peter Berkowitz official home page". Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
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  11. ^ "Candidate Giuliani Names Berkowitz to Foreign Policy Team". Retrieved 2007-11-15. 

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