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P.J. (Peter) Verovsek, PhD

Assistant Professor (UD1) in History and Theory of European Integration
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Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent 1), University of Groningen 2022-present

• Chair Group: History and Theory of European Integration

Contemporary Political Theory, Palgrave MacMillan 2020-present

• Book Review Editor

Member of the Executive Council, Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency (SQAA) 2019-present

• Nominated by the government and elected by the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia to the body charged with accrediting all institutions and programs of higher education in the country

Lecturer (tenured Assistant Professor) in Politics/IR, University of Sheffield 2017-2022

Mid-Career Fellow, British Academy 2019-2021

• Project title: “The Public Philosopher: Jürgen Habermas on Postwar European Politics”

Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University 2013-2016

Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. in Political Science, Yale University 2007-2013

• Supervisor: Prof. Seyla Benhabib. Fields: Political Theory, International Relations

• Nominated for the Haas Best Dissertation Award (APSA, European Politics & Society)

• Certificate of College Teaching Preparation, Yale Graduate Teaching Center

A.B., Summa cum laude, Dartmouth College 2002-2006

• High Honors in Government with a double major in German Studies


Memory and the Future of Europe: Rupture and Integration in the Wake of Total War, Manchester University Press, 2020. \

Engaged Critical Theory: Jürgen Habermas as Public Intellectual 

• Book proposal and four draft chapters under review for the series New Directions in Critical Theory published by Columbia University Press.


• “A Realistic Story of European Peoplehood: Identity and the Future of European Integration,” Social Theory and Practice, 48:1 (2022): pp. 141-164.

• “The Philosopher as Engaged Citizen: Habermas on the Role of the Public Intellectual,” European Journal of Social Theory, 24:4 (2021): pp. 526-44.

• “Caught between 1945 and 1989: Collective Memory and the Rise of Illiberal Democracy in Postcommunist Europe,” Journal of European Public Policy 28:6 (2021), pp. 840-57.

• “A Burgeoning Community of Justice?: The European Union as a Promotion of Transitional Justice,” International Journal of Transitional Justice, 15:2 (2021): pp. 351–369.

• “Promoting Democracy in the Digital Public Sphere: Applying Theoretical Ideals to Online Political Communication” (with K. Dommett), Javnost – The Public 28:4 (2021): 358-74.

• “Memory, Narrative and Rupture: The Power of the Past as a Resource for Political Change,” Memory Studies, 13:2 (2020), pp. 208-22.

• “Capitalism and Unfree Labour: Marxist Perspectives on Modern Slavery,” (w/Sébastien Rioux & Genevieve LeBaron), Review of International Political Economy, 27:3 (2020), pp. 709-31.

• “Habermas’s Politics and Rational Freedom: Navigating the History of Philosophy between Faith and Knowledge,” Analyse & Kritik, 42:1 (2020), pp. 191-218.

• “Integration after Totalitarianism: Arendt and Habermas on the Postwar Imperatives of Memory,” Journal of International Political Theory, 16:1 (2020), pp. 2-24.

• “Critical Theory as Medicine?: On the Diagnosis and Treatment of Social Pathology,” Thesis Eleven, 155:1 (2019), pp. 109-26.

• “Against International Criminal Tribunals: Reconciling the Global Transitional Justice Norm with Local Agency,” Critical Review of International Social & Political Philosophy, 22:6 (2019) pp. 703-24.

• “A Case of Communicative Learning: Rereading Habermas’s Philosophical Project through an Arendtian Lens,” Polity, 51:3 (2019), pp. 597-627.

• “Historical Criticism without Progress: Memory as an Emancipatory Resource for Critical Theory,” Constellations, 26:1 (2019), pp. 132-147.

• “Impure Theorizing in an Imperfect World: Politics, Utopophobia and Critical Theory in Geuss’s Realism,” Philosophy & Social Criticism, 45:3 (2019), pp. 265-83.

• “Screening Migrants in the Early Cold War: The Geopolitics of U.S. Immigration Policy,” Journal of Cold War Studies, 20:4 (2018), pp. 154-79.

• “The Immanent Potential of Economic Integration: A Critical Reading of the Eurozone Crisis,” Perspectives on Politics, 15:2 (2017), pp. 396-410.

• “Habermas’s Theological Turn and European Integration,” The European Legacy, 22:5 (2017), Special issue: “Habermas on Religion and Democracy: Critical Perspectives,” pp. 528-48.

• “Collective Memory, Politics, and the Influence of the Past: The Politics of Memory as a Research Paradigm,” Politics, Groups, and Identities, 4:3 (2016), pp. 529-43.

• “Expanding Europe through Memory: The Shifting Content of the Ever-Salient Past,” Millennium – Journal of International Studies, 43:2 (2015), pp. 531-550.

• “Unexpected Support for European Integration: Memory, Totalitarianism and Rupture in Hannah Arendt’s Political Theory,” The Review of Politics, 76:3 (2014), pp. 389-413.

• “Memory and the Euro-Crisis of Leadership: The Effects of Generational Change in Germany and the EU,” Constellations, 21:2 (2014), pp. 239-48.

• “Meeting Principles and Lifeworlds Halfway: Habermas’s Thought on the Future of Europe,” Political Studies, 60:2 (2012), pp. 363-80.


• “The Reluctant Postmodernism of Jürgen Habermas: Reevaluating Habermas’s Debates with Foucault and Derrida,” Review of Politics, forthcoming.

• “‘One Would at Least Like to Be Asked’: Habermas on Popular Sovereignty, Self-Determination and German Unification,” German Politics and Society, forthcoming.

• “Taking Back Control over Markets: Habermas on Fighting the Colonization of Politics by Economics,” Political Studies, forthcoming.

• Editor and contributor, “Symposium on Jürgen Habermas’s Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie,” forthcoming in the Review of Politics.

• “Jürgen Habermas and the Public Intellectual in Modern Democratic Life,” forthcoming in Philosophy Compass.

o “Teaching and Learning Guide for: Jürgen Habermas and the Public Intellectual in Modern Democratic Life,” forthcoming in Philosophy Compass.

• “Models of Communicative Cosmopolitanism: Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas and Seyla Benhabib,” In Search of the Concrete Universal: The Critical Theory of Seyla Benhabib, edited by Anna Jurkevics, Stefan Eich, Nishin Nathwani, and Nica Siegel, forthcoming.

• “The Cold War and U.S. Immigration Policy: The Legacy of Migrant Screening on Diaspora Communities in America,” in Red Reckoning: A New History of the Cold War and the Transformation of American Life, edited by Mark Boulton and Tobias Gibson (LSU Press: Baton Rouge, forthcoming).

• “Christian Democracy and EU: Pushing Habermas on the Role of Religion in the Democratic Public Sphere, in Normativity & Praxis: Christianity and Democracy, edited by Andrzej M. Kaniowski and Rainer Adolphi (Brill, forthcoming).


• “Interview – Peter Verovšek,” in What Values, Whose Values: (Talking About) European Values & Belonging, edited by Heleen Touquet (Academic and Scientific Publishers: Brussels, 2020).

• “Between 1945 and 1989: The Rise of ‘Illiberal Democracy’ in Post-Communist Europe,” in Social Europe: Volume 2 (Social Europe Publishing: Berlin, 2019), pp. 33-40.

• “Hannah Arendt (1906-1975),” in The Cambridge Habermas Lexicon, edited by Amy Allen and Eduardo Medienta (CUP: Cambridge, 2019), pp. 485-7.

• Politics in Dark Times: Encounters with Hannah Arendt, ed. Seyla Benhabib, Roy T. Tsao and Peter J. Verovšek (CUP: Cambridge, 2010).

REVIEW ESSAYS (selected)

• “Capitalism and the Psyche: Social Relations, Subjectivity and the Structure of the Unconscious,” Journal of Social and Political Philosophy, 1:1 (2022): pp. 92–100.

• “The Future of Europe’s Democratic Way of Life,” Modern Intellectual History, 19(2) 2022: pp. 638-648.

• “The Left Case for Brexit: Reflections on the Current Crisis,” LSE Brexit, 26 October 2020.


• “Modernity and Postmodernity, Reconsidered: The Nuances of the Contrast between Habermas and Lyotard” (with Javier Burdman), under review, European Journal of Philosophy.

• “‘The Nation Has Conquered the State’: Explaining the Rise of the New Sovereigntism in Central-Eastern Europe,” in process.

• “Deliberating Democratic Memory: Filtering Memory Disputes through Legislatures and the Public Sphere,” in process.

• “Jürgen Habermas the Freelance Journalist: Reevaluating Habermas’s Early Connections to Adorno and the Frankfurt School,” in process.


I am a regular contributor to Social Europe, Eurozine, Public Seminar, the SPERI blog, and Alternator (in Slovenian). A brief selection of my public-facing work includes: 

• “Habermas on the legitimacy of lockdown,” Eurozine, 14.02.22.

• “Experts, Public Intellectuals and the Coronavirus,” Duck of Minerva, 29.3.20

• “Preserving Memory is Vital for Democracy,” VoxEurop, 08.03.19.

• “Migration and Forgetting in Central Europe,” Social Europe Journal, 20.1.2018.

• “Lexit undermines the Left – It will be no Prize for Labour,” LSE Brexit Blog, 16.10.18.

• “The Lessons of the ICTY for Transitional Justice,” Eurozine, 12.01.18.

• “Unfinished Business: Reforming the Economic and Monetary Union,” Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) Blog, 03.07.17.


• British Academy mid-Career Fellowship 2019-2021

• Visiting Research Fellowship, Geschäftsstelle Normative Orders 2020

• QR GCRF Pump Priming Award, Perú (Research England) 2019

• Visiting Research Fellow, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 2017

• Research Fellow, Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, Switzerland 2012

• Junior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Germany 2012

• DAAD Graduate Fellowship, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany 2010-2011

• Fulbright Research Fellowship, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 2006-2007


• Editorial Board: British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Research in Social Change.

• Peer Reviewer (selection): Review of Politics, Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Constellations, Perspectives on Politics, European Journal of Political Theory, CRISPP.

• Expert Evaluator, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, European Commission.

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