Peter Berkowitz is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at George Mason University Law School. He taught government at Harvard University for nine years prior to his tenure at George Mason.
His scholarship focuses on the interplay of law, ethics and politics in modern society. His current research projects are concerned with the relationship between classic and modern liberal principles and the role of individual virtue in democratic self-government. Berkowitz is the author of two books: Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist for which he was awarded the Thomas J. Wilson Prize by Harvard University Press for best book by a new author. His newest book, Giving Liberalism Its Due, is forthcoming from the Princeton University Press. He is also working on Rediscovering Liberalism.
He has published numerous essays in The New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. In addition, he has written for a wide variety of other publications including Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, The London Review of Books, National Review, The Public Interest, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Wilson Quarterly, and The Yale Law Journal.
Berkowitz has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship, the Hoopes Prize for excellence in teaching at Harvard and an Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Political Science Association.
He has delivered invited lectures at universities and institutions around the world, including Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Rimini Festival in Italy. He currently works for the advisory committee of the Center for Jewish Political Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Berkowitz holds a B.A. in English literature from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in philosophy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in political science and a J.D. from Yale.