Dr Peter Verovšek
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Dr. Peter J. Verovšek is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International relations. He studied Government (high honors) and German as a undergraduate at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude). He then conducted research on the continuing effects of the memories of World War II in the politics of the former Yugoslavia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving his MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in Political Science from Yale University.
After completing his doctorate, he spent three years as Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University (2013-16), where he also served as co-founder and co-chair of the European Union Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He has also held appointments as a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bad Homburg, Germany, at the Jean Monnet Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Building on my education in the theoretical tradition of the Frankfurt School, I believe that my job as an instructor is to help students to find new ways to understand the world around them. I seek to achieve this by presenting my students with texts and historical examples that force them to reevaluate their assumptions. I encourage them to engage with the thinkers and ideas they encounter, so that they can become active partners in an intellectual conversation. As a critical theorist, I want them to see the concepts they are learning not as abstruse constructs, but as tools they can use to analyze their social and political environment.
I do not see teaching and research as separate spheres of academic life; on the contrary, my teaching interests flow directly from my research. In addition to modules in the history of political thought and twentieth century continental political theory, my teaching interests also include on collective memory and historical justice, normative European Union studies, globalization and the end of the nation-state, and international migration. I also look forward to working with students on research and thesis projects at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I am eager to begin supervising students interested in nineteenth and twentieth century political theory, international political theory, critical theory, phenomenology and existentialism, transitional justice and the normative issues surrounding international migration and the European Union.
Dr. Peter J. Verovšek is a critical social theorist interested in the interconnection between democracy, capitalism and the nation-state. Working within international political theory, his work to date has focused on how socially mediated collective memories serve as resources for political innovation in the aftermath of broad historical ruptures. His 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.
Building on his existing research agenda in political memory studies, Dr. Verovšek is currently starting a new project on historical justice. Substantively, he is also 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 and global governance.
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