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Russell A. Berman, PhD   Download vCard
Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities and FSI Senior Fellow, by courtesy; Europe Center Affiliated Faculty

Department of Comparative Literature
Stanford University
Building 260, Room 201
Stanford, CA 94305-2030
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Research Interests
German literature and culture; cultural relations between Europe and the United States

Russell Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, with appointments in Comparative Literature and German Studies and courtesy appointments at FSI and the Hoover Institution. He is an expert on German literature and culture and on cultural relations between Europe and the United States.

Most recently, he has published research on the cultural phenomoenon of anti-Americanism. He is currently chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and previously served as associate dean and as director of Stanford's Overseas Studies Program. He is on the advisory board of the group Business for Diplomatic Action. He has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the German Academic Exchange Service.

The German government awarded him the Bundesverdienstkreuz award. He received a BA from Harvard University in 1972, and a PhD from Washington University in 1979.

Stanford Departments
German Studies; Comparative Literature

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My View: Why language study should be part of your college experience
Russell Berman: "One of the best choices you can make when planning your college years is the decision to learn a foreign language, whatever your major. Learning another language will open the door to another culture and enhance your career opportunities in the increasingly global economy ... "
January 5, 2012 in CNN (blog)

High tech needs humanities PhDs, say Silicon Valley entrepreneurs at Stanford ...
Russell Berman, Stanford professor of comparative literature and German studies, suggested academic departments change their views as well. A humanities PhD working in the tech industry should be seen as a success rather than a failure, he said.
May 12, 2011 in Stanford University News

A second language for every high school student, Stanford's Russell Berman says
Is English the lingua franca of humanity? "It's a fairy tale we tell ourselves," said Stanford humanities Professor Russell Berman. All high school students should be fluent in a language other than English, and it's a matter of national urgency.
May 6, 2011 in Stanford Report

The roots of indecision: Obama and Libya
Russell Berman is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, and an expert in international relations and terrorism. He is also the author of numerous books, including Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces ...
April 8, 2011 in

The humanities in America — an endangered species?
Russell Berman, a professor in the humanities and director of the Introduction to the Humanities program for Stanford's incoming freshmen, ...
February 4, 2011 in Stanford University News

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