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Malachi H. Hacohen, Associate Professor

Malachi H. Hacohen
Contact Info:
Office Location:  210 Carr Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6819
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    Carr 229, Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
    (also cross-listed as GERMAN 532S.01)

PhDColumbia University1993

Intellectual History
Race and Ethnicity
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Global Transnational History
Cultural History
Comparative Colonial Studies
Global and Comparative
European and Russia
Research Interests:

MALACHI HAIM HACOHEN (Ph.D., Columbia), Bass Fellow and Associate Professor of History, Political Science and Religion, is Director of the Center for European Studies, and member of the faculty of German and Jewish Studies, as well as the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology & Medicine. He teaches European intellectual history and Jewish history. He has previously taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Reed College. His research interests focus on Central Europe and include social theory, political philosophy, and rabbinic literature – Midrash to Kabbalah to halakhic responsa. Hacohen writes on the Central European Jewish intelligentsia, the European nation state vs. empire, Jewish- Christian relations, and the dilemmas of writing Jewish European history that is both cosmopolitan European and authentically Jewish. Hacohen's Karl Popper - The Formative Years, 1902-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000) has won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA and the Victor Adler- Staatspreis (Austrian state-prize). He has published essays in The Journal of Modern History, The Journal of the History of Ideas, History and Theory, and numerous journals and collections. He is presently completing a book in Jewish European history focussing on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau (Jews and Christians) as it is told through the ages. Chapters include the biblical and rabbinic period, medieval & early modern Judaism, Jewish emancipation, the European nation state and the Central European Jewish intelligentsia, the Austrian Empire and the Jews, post-Holocaust Europe and the State of Israel. Some of Hacohen's recent articles deal with Cold War liberalism, the Congress for Cultural Freedom and the formation of a public sphere in postwar Central Europe, and Austrian scientific culture at the turn of the twentieth-century. Hacohen has been a recipient of the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the ACLS, as well as of Fulbright, Mellon, and Whiting fellowships and a number of teaching awards. He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto in 2006-07, at the National Humanities Center in 2002-03 and at the IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) in Viennain 2001 . He is a coordinator of the Triangle Intellectual History Program (Duke, NCSU at Raleigh, UNC at Chapel Hill) and the Judaic Studies Seminar, and he serves on the editorial board of MIH (modern intellectual history) and several other professional journals as well as on the program board of the Vienna International Summer University, the IFK, and the jury for the Adler and Vogelsang Austrian State Prizes.

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Eric W Brandom  
  • Daniel Bessner  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Malachi Haim Hacohen, Jacob and Esau Between Nation and Empire: A Jewish European History (2014)
  2. M.H. Hacohen, Typology and the Holocaust: Erich Auerbach and Judeo-Christian Europe, Religions, vol. 3 (July, 2012), pp. 600-645 [600]
  3. M.H. Hacohen, Berlin and Popper Between Nation and Empire: Diaspora, Cosmopolitanism, and Jewish Life, Jewish Historical Studies, vol. 44 (2012), pp. 51-74
  4. M.H. Hacohen, Between Religion and Ethnicity: Twentieth-Century Jewish Émigrés and the Shaping of Postwar Culture, edited by Malachi Hacohen & Julie Mell, Religions (2012) [available here]
  5. M.H. Hacohen, Congress for Cultural Freedom, in Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture, edited by Dan Diner, vol. 2 (2012), pp. 22-28, J. B. Metzler'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung,  [author's comments]

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