Bard Faculty

Roger Berkowitz

Associate Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights; Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities, Bard College

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Human Rights, Philosophy, Political Studies

Academic Expertise: Political Studies

Area of Specialization: law, political theory, continental philosophy


B.A., Amherst College; J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Author, The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition, an account of how the rise of science has led to the divorce of law and justice (Harvard, 2005). Editor, Revenge and Justice, a special issue of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2005); contributing editor, Rechtsgeschichte. Articles in Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Journal of Politics, Cardozo Law Review, New Nietzsche Studies, Rechtshistorisches Journal, others. At Bard since 2005.


  • Research Interests: Justice and Jurisprudence; Heidegger, Nietzsche, Kant, Plato, Aristotle; Dignity; History and philosophy of science; politics and aesthetics
  • Teaching Interests: law; political theory; Human rights; continental political thinking
  • Other Interests: Leibniz; Law and literature and law and film; Hannah Arendt


Phone: 845-758-7413
Location: Arendt Center
Office: 101