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. "Karl Popper’s Cosmopolitanism: Culture Clash and Jewish Identity." Rethinking Vienna 1900. Ed. S Beller. New York: Berghahn Books, 2001. 171-194.

Hacohen, MH. "The Rebirth of Liberalism in Science and Politics: Karl Popper, the Vienna Circle, and Red Vienna." Metropole Wien. Texturen der Moderne. Ed. R Horak and E al. Vienna: WUV, 2000. 146-179.


Hacohen, MH. "Rediscovering Intellectual Biography – and Its Limits." History of Political Economy 34 (2007): 9-29. (Academic Article)

Hacohen, MH. "From Empire to Cosmopolitanism: The Central-European Jewish Intelligentsia, 1867-1968." Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook V (2006): 117-134. (Academic Article)

Hacohen, MH. "Karl Popper and the Liberal Imagination in Science and Politics (in Hungarian)." Buksz – Budapest Review of Books. (Budapesti Könyvszemle – BUKSZ) (December 2003). (Academic Article)

Hacohen, MH, and Popper, K. "The formative years, 1902-1945." Annals of Science 59.1 (January 1, 2002): 89-. (Review) Full Text

Hacohen, MH. "The Poverty of Historicism, 1935-1940." Storiografia 5 (2001): 67.-72. (Academic Article)

Hacohen, MH. "Dilemmas of cosmopolitanism: Karl Popper, Jewish identity, and "central European culture"." JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY 71.1 (March 1999): 105-149. Full Text

Hacohen, MH. "Karl Popper, the Vienna circle, and red Vienna." JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF IDEAS 59.4 (October 1998): 711-734.

Hacohen, MH. "Leonard Krieger: Historicization and political engagement in intellectual history." History and Theory 35.1 (December 1, 1996): 84-128. (Review)

Hacohen, MH. "Karl Popper in exile - The Viennese progressive imagination and the making of the Open Society." PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 26.4 (December 1996): 452-492. Full Text

Hacohen, MH. "D. W. Hamlyn, Being a Philosopher: A History of a Practice." Philosophy of the Social Sciences 26 (June 1996): 304-310. (Review)