Peter Verovšek

Peter Verovšek

Lecturer on Social Studies
Peter Verovšek

Peter J. Verovšek is a Lecturer on Social Studies and co-chair of the European Union Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). He studied Government (high honors) and German as a undergraduate at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude). He conducted research on the continuing importance of memory in the former Yugoslavia as a Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving his MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in Political Science from Yale University.

Working within international political theory, his research examines how socially mediated collective memories serve as resources for political innovation in the aftermath of broad historical ruptures. His draft book manuscript, "The European Rupture: A Critical Theory of Memory and Integration in the Wake of Total War," examines the role that the collective memories of the two World Wars played in the development of the European Union. He argues that the problems revealed during the Eurozone crisis can be traced to the fading of these memories, as the generations that understood the European Union as a moral project as a result of their experience of total war have passed away. 

Peter J. Verovšek’s work has been published in some of the top journals of political theory, including Political Studies, The Review of Politics and Constellations, as well as in leading outlets for critical international relations, such as Millennium and the Journal of Cold War Studies. Substantively, he is interested in twentieth century continental political thought, especially the work of Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas and the Frankfurt school, the origins and development of the European Union, the role of public intellectuals in modern democracies, global governance and transitional justice.

2014-15 Courses
Social Studies 10a (Fall)
Social Studies 10b (Spring)
Social Studies 98pv: The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School (Spring)

Contact Information

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310 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138