Peter E. Gordon specializes in modern European Intellectual History from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century.  He works chiefly on themes in Continental philosophy and social thought in Germany and France in the modern period, with an emphasis on critical theory, Western Marxism, the Frankfurt School, phenomenology, and existentialism.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Peter E. Gordon attended the University of Chicago and Reed College, and received his PhD in modern European intellectual history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. From 1998 to 2000, he was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University.  He joined the faculty at Harvard University in the autumn of 2000, and he was appointed to a position on the permanent faculty in 2005.  He is currently Amabel B. James Professor of History, and Harvard College Professor, an honorary title that is awarded to faculty for excellence in teaching. 

Peter Gordon has written for The New York Review of Books and he was a regular contributor of book reviews to The New Republic, in addition to other journals and websites.

[An] extraordinary book

David Nirenberg
The New Republic on Continental Divide

Continental Divide provides the definitive narrative and analysis of the Davos incident, its background, its context and its aftermath.

Taylor Carman
The Times Literary Supplement on Continental Divide