Russell Berman

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Russell A. Berman (born May 14, 1950)[1] is an American professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature. He is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.[2] He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.[3] He is the director of Stanford's Thinking Matters program. He previously served as associate dean and director of Stanford's Overseas Studies Program.[4]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Berman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1972 and completed a doctorate at Washington University in 1979.[4] Since 1979, Berman has been on the faculty at Stanford University. In 2004, he became the editor of Telos, a quarterly journal of critical theory which has included extensive discussions of the Frankfurt School as well as Carl Schmitt.[5] In 2011, he served as president of the Modern Language Association (MLA).[6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Representing the Trial:Judith Butler Reads Hannah Arendt Reading Adolf Eichmannin fathom Spring (2015)
  • Fiction Sets You Free: On Literature In History (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007)
  • Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2004)
  • Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998) - Outstanding Book in German Studies Award of the German Studies Association, 2000.
  • Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: History, Representation, and Nationhood (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993)
  • Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics, and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989)
  • The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986) - Outstanding Book in German Studies Award of the German Studies Association, 1988.
  • Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Imperial Germany (New York: Lang, 1983)
  • "Culture in the Conservative Revolution: The American Debate." Telos 101, Fall 1994.


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ "Stanford faculty directory". Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  3. ^ "Hoover Institution directory". 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  4. ^ a b "Stanford biography page". Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  5. ^ "Telos webpage". Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  6. ^ "From the President: A Message from MLA President Russell Berman". 2011-03-30. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-05-24.

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