Malachi H. Hacohen

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
210 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-6819

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.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University 1993
  • M.Phil., Columbia University 1983
  • M.A., Columbia University 1982
  • B.A., Bar Ilan University (Israel) 1979

Hacohen, MH. Jacob and Esau Between Nation and Empire: A Jewish European History (Submitted). Cambridge University Press (CUP), June 2017. (Monograph)

Hacohen, MH. Karl Popper in Esilio. Edited by R Editore. Biblioteca Austriaca, 1999.

Hacohen, MH. "Congress for Cultural Freedom." In Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture,edited by D Diner, 22-28. J. B. Metzler’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2012.

Hacohen, MH. "From Forvm to Neues Forvm: The ‘Congress for Cultural Freedom,’ the 68ers and the Émigrés." In Das Jahr 1968 – Ereignis, Symbol, Chiffre,edited by O Rathkolb and F Stadler, 239-274. Vienna University Press, 2010.

Hacohen, MH. "Kosmopoliten in einer ethnonationalen Zeit? Juden und Österreicher in der 1. Republik." In Das Werden der Republik: Österreich 1918-1920,edited by H Konrad and W Maderthaner. Gerold, 2008.

Hacohen, MH. "Liberal Dilemmas and Moral Judgment." In Naming Evil, Judging Evil,edited by R Grant, 175-190. University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Hacohen, MH. "The Young Popper as a Scholarly Field." In Proceedings of the Karl Popper Centenary,edited by I Jarvie, D Miller, and 3 vols, 99-110. Ashgate Publishers, 2006.

Hacohen, MH. "Red Vienna, the ’Jewish Question,’ and Emigration, 1936-1937." In Karl Popper: Critical Assessments,edited by AO Hear and ed, 1:87-133. Routledge, 2004.

Hacohen, M. "Historicizing Deduction." In Induction and Deduction in the Sciences,edited by MC Galavotti and F Stadler. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003. (Essay)

Hacohen, MH. "La città celeste di Popper: Platone, Atene e la società aperta." In Karl R. Popper, 1902-2002: ripensando il razionalismo critico. (Nuova Civilta delle Macchine, XX:2),edited by S Gattei, II:12-160. Analisi-Trend, 2002.

Hacohen, MH. "Critical Rationalism, Logical Positivism, and the Poststructuralist Conundrum: Reconsidering the Neurath-Popper Debate." In History of Philosophy and Science,edited by M Heidelberger and F Stadler, 307-324. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2002.

Hacohen, MH. "The Limits of the National Paradigm in the Study of Political Thought." In Political Thought and its History in National Context,edited by D Castiglione and I Hampsher-Monk, 247-279. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Hacohen, MH. "ENVISIONING JEWISH CENTRAL EUROPE: FRIEDRICH TORBERG, THE AUSTRIAN ÉMIGRÉS, AND JEWISH EUROPEAN HISTORY." Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 13, no. 1 (January 2, 2014): 37-57. Full Text

Hacohen, MH. "Typology and the Holocaust: Erich Auerbach and Judeo-Christian Europe." Religions 3 (July 2012): 600-645. (Academic Article)

Hacohen, MH. "Berlin and Popper Between Nation and Empire: Diaspora, Cosmopolitanism, and Jewish Life." Jewish Historical Studies 44 (2012): 51-74. (Academic Article)


Hacohen, MH. "’The Strange Fact That the State of Israel Exists’: The Cold War Liberals Between Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism." Jewish Social Studies 15, no. 2 (2009): 37-81. (Academic Article)

Hacohen, MH. "Jacob Talmon between Zionism and Cold War liberalism." HISTORY OF EUROPEAN IDEAS 34, no. 2 (June 2008): 146-157. Full Text

Hacohen, MH. "The Congress for Cultural Freedom in Austria: Forum, the Rémigrés and Postwar Culture." Storiografia 11 (2007): 135-145. (Academic Article)


Human Rights: The Historical Formation of a Research Field awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012