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Matthew Specter

Matthew Specter

Lecturer, Department of History
Field: 
Modern Europe
Ph.D. Duke University

Matthew Specter (Ph.D., Duke) is a Lecturer in the departments of History and program in International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley, and a Visiting Research Scholar at Duke University’s Center for International and Global Studies. He is a historian of modern Europe and the North Atlantic world, and specializes in 20th century German intellectual history and the transnational circulation of political and legal ideas. His first book, Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge, 2010) which examined the career of Germany’s leading post-1945 philosopher and public intellectual, Jürgen Habermas, was translated into multiple European languages. He is currently completing a book for Stanford University Press entitled Atlantic Realisms, 1890-1980: Political Thought and Foreign Policy which compares and connects U.S. and German traditions of foreign policy “realism.” Since 2014, he has served as one of five editors at History and Theory, the leading international journal in historical theory. He has published articles in Modern Intellectual History and History and Theory, and numerous book reviews. His research has been funded by American Council on Germany, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of the German Social Democratic Party, the Institute for the Human Sciences in Vienna. He has also held residential fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkeley, and the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. As a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University (2008-17), where he taught modern Germany, the Holocaust, European intellectual history, and human rights history, he was in 2011-12 the recipient of CCSU’s highest honor, the Board of Trustees’ Research Award for excellence in research.