Matthew Specter

Job title: 
Senior Fellow
Institute of European Studies

Matthew Specter (PhD, Duke) writes on 20th century European, American and global intellectual history, especially the history of German political thought and the history of IR theory. A former tenured Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, he is currently a Lecturer in History at Santa Clara University and Associate Editor of History and Theory. He is the author of Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge 2010) and The Atlantic Realists: Empire and International Political Thought Between Germany and the United States (Stanford 2022)

Research interests: 
  • Foreign Policy 
  • Global/Transnational 
  • Governance/Democracy 
  • Human Rights/Norms 
  • Security/Defense