Nathaniel Berman, Rahel Varnhagen Professor of

International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture (Research), formerly

taught international law at Brooklyn Law School and Northeastern Law

School. Berman's scholarship focuses on the construction of

internationalism through its relationship to nationalism, colonialism,

and religion. In particular, it looks at early 20th century

internationalism as one of the sites of the invention of cultural


Berman is currently spearheading the “Religion and

Internationalism Project” at Watson.This project is being undertaken in

close collaboration with the Religious Studies Department, including

co-sponsorship of the “Religion and Internationalism Faculty


Berman's work is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing

on literary theory, cultural history, and post-colonial studies. He

received his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from Yale University.

His most recent publications include Passions et Ambivalences: le Nationalism, le Colonialisme, et le Droit International (Paris: Pedone 2008); "Aestheticism, Rationalism, and Esotericism: Medieval Scholarship and Contemporary Polemics," Jewish Quarterly Review (2009); and "Power and Irony, or, International Law after the Après-Guerre," in Emmanuelle Jouannet, Hélène Ruiz Fabri, & Jean-Marc Sorel (eds.), Le droit international vu par une génération de juristes (Paris: Pedone 2008).