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Peter Baldwin (born December 22, 1956)[1] is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles and a philanthropist. He is co-founder of the Arcadia Fund and is chairman of the Donor and Advisory Boards.


  • PhD History Department, Harvard University, 1986
  • MA History Department, Harvard University, 1980
  • BA Philosophy Department, History Department, Yale University, 1978[2]


  • 2014- Global Distinguished Professor, NYU
  • 1999- Professor, History Department, UCLA
  • 1992-99: Associate Professor, History Department, UCLA
  • 1990-92: Assistant Professor, History Department, UCLA
  • 1986-90: Assistant Professor, History Department, Harvard University[3]




  • Command and Persuade: Crime, Law,and the State across Three Thousand Years, forthcoming, MIT Press, 2021.
Chinese translation, Sanlian Press, forthcoming.
  • The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle (Princeton University Press, 2014; paperback edition 2016; open access edition 2017).
Chinese translation, Communication University of China Press, 2019.
  • The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike (Oxford University Press, 2009; paperback edition, 2011).
French translation, Markus Haller, Geneva, 2014.
Chinese translation, Sanlian Press, forthcoming 2021.
  • Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (University of California Press, Berkeley, and the Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, 2005; paperback edition, 2007).
Chinese translation, National Academy for Educational Research, Taiwan, 2018.
PRC edition, Sanlian Press, forthcoming 2021.
  • Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 1999; paperback edition, 2005).
Chinese translation, Commercial Press, Beijing, forthcoming.
  • The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 (Cambridge University Press, 1990; paperback edition, 1992).
Spanish translation, Madrid, 1992.
Chinese translation, Sanlian Press, 2021.
Ch3 republished in Nicholas Deakin et al., eds., Welfare and the State: Critical Concepts in Sociology (Routledge, 2004).
Introduction republished in Stephan Leibfried and Steffen Mau, eds., Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction (3 vols, Edward Elgar, 2008); in David Byrne, ed, Social Exclusion: Critical ConceptsinSociology, (4 vols, Routledge,2008); in Peter Alcock and Martin Powell, eds., Welfare Theory and Development(3 vols, Sage, 2010)
  • Reworking the Past: Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians' Debate, edited with an introduction (Beacon Press, 1990)


  • “Why are Universities Open Access Laggards?” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, 63 (2018).
  • “Smug Britannia: The Dominance of (the) English in Current History Writing and Its Pathologies,”(with a response by Richard J. Evans, and a riposte in turn to that) Contemporary European History, 20, 3 (2011).
  • “America: A Reality Check,” Kurt Almqvist and Alexander Linklater, eds., On the Idea of America: Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar 2009(Stockholm, 2010).
  • “Globalization and the Welfare State,” in Benjamin Z. Kedar, ed., Explorations in Comparative History(Jerusalem, 2009).
  • “Can There Be a Democratic Public Health? Fighting AIDS in the Industrialized World,” in Susan Gross Solomon, Patrick Zylberman and Lion Murard, eds., Shifting Boundaries of Public Health: Europe in the Twentieth Century (University of Rochester Press, 2008).
  • “Beyond Weak and Strong: Rethinking the State in Comparative Policy History,” Journal of Policy History, 17, 1 (2005); also published in Julian E. Zelizer, ed., New Directions in Policy History (College Park, 2005).
  • “The Victorian State in Comparative Perspective,” in Peter Mandler, ed., Liberty and Authority in Victorian England (Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • “Comparing and Generalizing: Why All History is Comparative, Yet No History is Sociology,”in Deborah Cohen and Maura O’Connor, eds., Comparison and History: Europe in Cross-National and Comparative Perspective(Routledge, 2004).
  • “The Return of the Coercive State? Behavioral Control in Multicultural Society,” inT.V. Paul et al., The Nation-State in Question (Princeton University Press, 2003).
  • "Welfare State and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization," in Andreas Føllesdal and PeterKoslowski, eds., Restructuring the Welfare State: Ethical Issues of Social Security inan International Perspective (Springer-Verlag, 1997).
  • "The Past Rise of Social Security: Historical Trends and Patterns" in Herbert Giersch, ed. Reforming the Welfare State (Springer-Verlag, 1997).
  • "Can We Define a European Welfare State Model?" in Bent Greve, ed., Comparative Welfare Systems: The Scandinavian Model in a Period of Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996); revised version, “Der europäische Wohlfahrtsstaat: Konstruktionsversuche in der zeitgenössischen Forschung,” in Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 49, 1 (2003).
  • "Welfare and social security, promotion of," in Seymour Martin Lipset, ed., The Encyclopedia of Democracy (Congressional Quarterly Books, 1996).
  • "Beveridge in the Longue Durée," in John Ditch et al., eds., Beveridge and Social Security: An International Retrospective (Oxford University Press, 1994). Also published in a slightly different version in the International Social Security Review, 45, 1-2 (1992).
  • "Die sozialen Ursprünge des Wohlfahrtsstaates," Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 36, 11/12 (November/December 1990).
  • "Les classes moyennes et l'Etat-protecteur de l'après-guerre: Le cas français et le cas allemand," in Mission Interministérielle Recherche Expérmentation, Les comparaisons internationales des politiques et des systemes de sécurité sociale: Colloque de recherche, (Paris, nd); reprinted as "Class Interests and the Postwar Welfare State in Europe: AHistorical Perspective," International Social Security Review, 3 (1990).
  • "Social Interpretations of Nazism: Reviving a Tradition,"Journal of Contemporary History, 25, 1 (January 1990).
  • "Class, Interest and the Welfare State: A Reply to Sven E. Olsson," International Review of Social History, 3 (1989); Swedish translation in Arkiv för studier i arbetarrörelsens historia, 50 (n.d.).
  • "Postwar Germany in the Longue Durée," German Politics and Society, 16 (Spring 1989).
  • "The Scandinavian Origins of the Social Interpretation of the Welfare State," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 31, 1 (1989), reprinted in Ulla Maija Perttulla and Jorma Sipilä, eds., Social Policy in Scandinavia: Essays in History, Gender and Future Changes(University of Tampere, 1996) and in Julia S. O'Connor and Gregg M.Olsen, eds., Power Resources Theory and the Welfare State: A Critical Approach (University of Toronto Press, 1998).
  • "How Socialist is Solidaristic Social Policy? Swedish Postwar Reform as a Case in Point," International Review of Social History, 2 (1988); Swedish translation in Arkivför studier i arbetarrörelsens historia, 50 (n.d.).
  • "Zionist and Non-Zionist Jews in the Last Years Before the Nazi Regime," Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook,27 (1982).
  • "Clausewitz in Nazi Germany," Journal of Contemporary History, 16, 1 (1981); reprinted in Walter Laqueur, ed., The Second World War: Essays in Military and Political History (London 1981).
  • "Liberalism, Nationalism and Degeneration: The Case of Max Nordau," Central European History, 13, 2 (1980).

Review Essays and Responses

  • "Riding the Subways of Gemeinschaft," Acta Sociologica, 41, 4 (1998).
  • "The Welfare State for Historians," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 34, 4 (October 1992).


  • “Contemporary Politics, Contagion, and Copyright,”History Twins Podcast, August 2019.
  • “Copyright Wars,” radio interview with Romesh Vaitilingam, 16 April 2016, at Vox, Center for Economic and Policy Research.
  • "The Art of the Steal: Copyright in Retreat" Newsweek, 9 November 2014.
  • "The Copyright Wars," Publishers Weekly, Frankfurt Show Daily, 9 October 2014.
  • "How Europe Won the Copyright Wars," iRights, 18 March 2014.
  • "In zehn Jahren werden wir über Open Access nicht mehr reden müssen," interviewed by Henry Steinhau, iRights Info, 14 March 2014.
  • "Betting on Vetting: Evaluation, not Publication, Should Be Academe's New Priority,"Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 February 2014, discussed, and with an interview in Yang Min, "Online Publication Encounters Issues of Innovating Evaluation Systems" (in Chinese)Chinese Social Sciences Today, 26 February 2014.
  • “Separated at Birth? Europe and America in the 21stCentury,” American Interest, 8,4, March/April 2013.
  • “Tracing Europe’s Long Road to Economic Catastrophe,” New Republic,9 March 2012.
  • “What is the UC System Worth?” Los Angeles Times, 23 February 2011.
  • “The 24/7/365 Society vs. La Dolce Vita,” Huffington Post, 23 August 2010.
  • “Why We Have Culture Wars and theEuropeans (Apparently) Do Not,” Huffington Post, 9 August 2010.
  • “Is the EU Too Big to Be Democratic?” openDemocracy, 22 June 2010.

New York Times, “Room for Debate”

  • “A US More Like Denmark?” 20 October 2015.
  • “Quotas for Politics, Not Business,” 22 March 2010.
  • “A Nice Problem to Have,” 31 May 2010.
  • “More Work But Less Stress?,” 4 August 2010.

Various byproducts of The Narcissism of Minor Differences, including articles, interviews, website articles

  • “Viel Streit um Nichts,” Die Weltwoche, 22 October 2008.
  • “A Narrower Atlantic,” Prospect, 4 May 2009.
  • “Transatlantischer Systemvergleich,” Spiegel Online, four part series, 1-5June 2009.
  • “Amerika lijkt veel op Europa,” interviewwith Hélène Schildersin Elsevier, 65, 31 (1August 2009).
  • “Myten om två skilda världa,” Axess, 6, September 2009.
  • “Are the US and Europe Really that Different?” Interview in Time, with Claire Suddath, 18 November 2009.
  • “The Likeness Across the Atlantic,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 December 2009. Reprinted in Randall VanderMey, et al., eds., The College Writer: A Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching (5thed.; Burlington WI, 2013)
  • “Perfect Strangers: Are America and Europe Really All that Different?” New Republic, 16 December 2009.
  • “How America and Europe Are Alike,” The Globalist, five parts, 28 January - 4 February 2010.
  • “Europe and America: Hissing or Kissing Cousins?,” History News Network.

Papers, Talks, etc

  • “Are Universities Open Access Laggards?” Institute of English Studies, University of London, March 2019.
  • "Copyright and Intellectual Property: Why IsAcademia Reluctant to Embrace Open-Access Scholarship?" German Historical Institute, Washington DC, June 2018.
  • “Open Access: The Challenges Ahead,” opening remarks, Open Access Roundtable Conference, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, September 2015.
  • "Global, Comparative, International, Transnational, and Connected Histories: Is the Methodological Tail Wagging the Historical Dog Again?" Bard Graduate Center, New York, April 2015.
  • “Trans-Atlantic Cultural Hegemony: A Double-Edged Sword?” Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU, Conference on Rethinking Transatlantic Relations, Berlin, March 2015.
  • "Libraries of Yesterday and of Tomorrow," National Library of Israel, Global Forum Inaugural Gathering, Jerusalem, November 2014.

Presentations of The Copyright Wars:

  • History Dept., University of Copenhagen, April 2015.
  • Google, New York, February 2015.
  • Microsoft, Redmond, Seattle, November 2014.
  • European Institute, Columbia University, November 2014.
  • "Beyond Boundaries," Center for European Studies, Harvard University, April 2014.
  • Round Table "What is Transnational History?" European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, April 2014.
  • "The Trans-Atlantic Copyright Wars," Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, March 2014.
  • “History and the Copyright Wars,” Nugent Lecture, Queens University, Kingston, Canada, October 2013.
  • “The Copyright Wars in Historical Perspective,” History of Copyright and Intellectual Property: Forum on OpenAccess, Magdalene College, Cambridge, July 2013.
  • “The Copyright Wars: Is the Tide About To Change?” CULTIVATE Conference, Tate Modern, London, April 2013.
  • "The Trans-Atlantic Copyright Kulturkampf," Golieb Research Colloquium in Legal History, New York University Law School, April 2013.
  • “What History Can Tell Us About the Copyright Wars,” Center for History and Economics, Harvard University, December 2012.
  • "The Strange Birth of the Author's Moral Rights in Fascist Europe," University of Southern California Law School, October 2012.
  • “The State of Trans-Atlantic Relations,”Plenary Addressat theCouncil of European Studies Conference, Montreal, April 2010.
  • “Who Writes Whose History? Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Modern European Historiography,” Panel at the Council of European Studies Conference, Montreal, April 2010.

Various presentations of The Narcissism of Minor Differences:

  • Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, October 2009.
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, November 2009.
  • Stanford Forum onContemporary Europe, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, December 2009.
  • Henry Jackson Society, House of Commons, London, March 2009.
  • Nordstjernan Board Meeting, Avesta, Sweden, May 2010.
  • US Missionto the EU, Press Club, Brussels, April 2011.
  • European Union Center, Scripps College, Claremont, February 2012.
  • “America: A Reality Check,” Engelsberg Seminar,“The Idea of America,” Avesta, Sweden, June 2009.
  • “The Myth of the European Social Model,” James Seth Memorial Lecture, University of Edinburgh, October 2007.
  • “The Myth of the European Social Model,”Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark, May 2007.
  • “The Influence of Previous Epidemics on the Public Health of AIDS,” opening address at the International Public Health Dialogue organized by the Public Health Agency of Canada during the XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto, August 2006.
  • “The Varieties of the Modern State: Lessons from Comparative History” Berliner Kolleg für vergleichendeGeschichte Europas, Free University of Berlin, April 2006.
  • “Outbreak? Pandemic Risk and Risk Management in the 21st Century,” panel discussion, Carr Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics, March 2006.
  • "Political Culture and Public Health: Fighting AIDS in the Industrialized Democracies," Institute for European Studies?, University of Århus, Denmark, October 2005.
  • “Can There Be a Democratic Public Health? Fighting AIDS in Europe,” Center for European Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, February 2004.
  • “Understanding the Response to AIDS,” Department of the History of Medicine, University of Copenhagen, November 2003.
  • “The Politics of Public Health,” Danish Medical History Society, Copenhagen, November 2003.
  • “Globalizationand the Welfare State,” Spring School in Comparative History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem,June 2003.
  • “The Political Culture of Public Health,” History and Economics Seminar, Trinity College, Cambridge, May 2003.
  • “The Public Health Response to AIDS: A Historical Approach,” Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, February 2003.
  • “The Public Health Response to AIDS: A Matter for Historians,” Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, December 2002.
  • “Onthe European State in Comparative Perspective,” Conference, “Locating the Victorians,” Imperial College London, July 2001.
  • “Comparing and Generalizing: Why All History is Comparative, Yet No History is Sociology,” 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences, Oslo, August 2000.
  • “Globalization, Multiculturalism and Formal State Control,” Conference on “What Can States Do Now?,” Center for International Politics, University of Pennsylvania, May 2000.
  • “States and Statism,” Robert Schumann Center, European University Institute, Florence, March 2000.
  • "Politics and Public Health: Ideology and Disease Control in Europe, 1830-1930," Social History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University College London, June 1999.
  • "Epidemi og ideologi:Nationale variationer i bekæmpelse af smitsomme sygdomme fra kolera til AIDS," Faculty of the Humanities,University of Copenhagen, March 1998.
  • "Pestilence and Politics: Epidemics, Ideology and Disease Control in Sweden and Germany," Conference on "Communities in Peril: The Memory and History of Crisis in Scandinavia and Germany," European University Institute, Florence, October 1997.
  • "Social Policy in Postwar Germany: Between Renewal and Restoration," German Historical Institute, Washington DC, December 1995.
  • "The Past Rise of Social Security: Historical Trends and Patterns," Egon-Sohmen-Symposium, "Reforming the Welfare State," Prague, August 1995.
  • "WelfareState and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization," Conference on "Interpreting Historical Change at the End of the Twentieth Century," University of California, Davis, February 1995.
  • "Can we Define a European Welfare State Model?," Conference on "Comparative Welfare Systems," Roskilde Universitetscenter, Denmark, May 1994.
  • "Beveridge inthe Longue Durée," Plenary address at the conference, Social Security Fifty Years After Beveridge, University of York, September 1992.
  • "New Historical Approaches tothe Analysis of the Welfare State," Social Science History Association, 16th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 1991.
  • "Class, Risk and Interest in the Development of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975," American Historical Association Convention, New York City, December 1990.
  • "The Middle Classes and the Postwar Welfare State: The French and German Cases," Research Symposium on the International Comparisons of Social Security Policies and Systems, Mission interministerielle de recherche-experimentation, Ministere du travail and Ministere de la solidarité nationale, Paris, June 1990.
  • "Die sozialenUrsprünge des Wohlfahrtsstaates," Institut für neuere Geschichte, University of Munich, June 1990.
  • "Klassen, Interessen und Risiko im Wohlfahrtsstaat: Die sozialen Ursprünge der Sozialpolitik aus einer vergleichenden Perspektive," opening address at the Jahrestagung der Sektion Sozialpolitik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Bielefeld,May 1990.
  • "Skandinavisk Velferdsstat og de BorgerligePartierne," University of Oslo,November 1989.
  • "Social Policy and Social Democracy: A Couplet in Need of Disassociation?" Conference on the Future of the European Welfare State, Bergen, Norway, August 1989.
  • "Social Policy and Social Class: How Much ofa Connection?," Davis Seminar, Princeton University, April 1986.

Conferences, Responses, etc.

  • Organizer and moderator, Club of Three, “The Sense of History: Uses and Abuses of the Past,” Cecilienhof, Potsdam, December 2004.
  • Response, Lawrence Lessig, “Pistolen und Eisenbahnen im amerikanischen Westen,” Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Berlin, May 2005.
  • Commentator and chair, panel, "Contesting Contagion: Quarantine in Theory, Practice, and Diplomacy in the Long Nineteenth Century," American Historical Association Convention, Washington DC, January 2014.
  • Roundtable on Shyam Balganesh The Evolution of American Copyright Law: From Private Right to Legal Process, IP History Roundtable, Center for the Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy, University of Washington, Seattle, November 2017.
  • Panel on university pressesand digitization, AUPresses Annual Meeting, San Francisco, June 2018

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2001-03 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Investigator Award.
  • 2001-03 National Institutes of Health.
  • 2000 DAAD
  • 2000 Fellowship, Center for American Politicsand Public Policy, UCLA.
  • 1998 National Science Foundation, Global Legal Studies Program.
  • 1995-97 National Institutes of Health, Grant R01 LM05361-01A3
  • 1994-95 Humboldt Fellowship, Berlin.
  • 1989-90 German Marshall Fund Fellowship.
  • 1989-90 William F. Milton Fund of the Harvard Medical School, Research Grant.
  • 1986 American-Scandinavian Foundation grant for researchin Sweden.
  • 1984-85 DAAD Grant for research in West Germany.
  • 1983-84 Krupp Foundation Fellowship for research in Sweden, France, Germany and Britain.
  • 1983-84 American-Scandinavian Foundation grant for research in Denmark.
  • 1978-79 Fulbright Fellowship for study in West Germany.
  • 1978-79 Marshall Grant for study in Denmark (declined).
  • 1975 NEH Youthgrant for preparation of a project in 18th century American history.


Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 2014-present

  • The Welfare Statein Europe and America.
  • Crime and Punishment in Western History.
  • The State in History.

History Dept, UCLA, 1990-present

  • Inequality in Historical Perspective.
  • Honor in History-A History of Private Life: From the Village Community to the Global Village.
  • Germany in the Twentieth Century.
  • Introduction to Historical Methodology.
  • European Fascism, 1875-1945.
  • Explorations in Neo-Historicism.
  • Nineteenth Century Germany.
  • History and Historians.
  • Western Civilization.
  • Jews and the Third Reich.
  • Techniques of Comparative History.
  • German History and Historiography of the Early Modern and Modern Periods.
  • Various individual tutorials

History Dept, Harvard University, 1986-90

  • Society, Politics and War in Twentieth Century Germany.
  • European Political Development, 1850-1950.
  • Socialism and Social Democracy, 1870-1930.
  • European Fascism, 1880-1945.
  • Graduate Colloquium: Explorationsin Comparative History.

Professional Societies, Boards, Activities etc.

  • Council for European Studies, Columbia University, Steering Committee 1996-2000.
  • Royal Historical Society, Fellow, 2002-
  • Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund,Sweden, Foreign Member, 2003-
  • Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, 2005-10.
  • Trakya University Journal of Social Science, Turkey, Consulting Editorial Board, 2010-18.
  • University of Bielefeld, Virtual Faculty, Excellence Initiative, “Communicating Comparisons,” 2011-12.
  • New Studies in European History, Cambridge University Press, Editorial Board, 2004-
  • Harvard University Library, Visiting Committee, 2014 –
  • National Library of Israel, Global Forum, 2014-
  • Authors Alliance, Advisory Board, 2014 –
  • New York Public Library, Boardof Trustees, 2015–
  • Bard College Berlin, Board of Governors, 2015-
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Board, 2016-
  • Wikimedia Endowment, Advisory Board, 2016-
  • History News Network, Board, 2017-20.
  • Center for Jewish History, Board, 2017 –


  1. Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF)
  2. Peter Baldwin profile, UCLA. Accessed 27 November 2019.
  3. Peter Baldwin Curriculum Vitae, UCLA. Accessed 27 November 2019.
  4. Peter Baldwin CV , UCLA. Accessed 29 November 2019.
  5. Arcadia Fund. Accessed 29 November 2019.
  6. Institute for Stragegic Dialogue Trustees. Retrieved from Internet Archive, 28 November 2019.
  7. Board, Wikimedia Endowment. Accessed 29 November 2019.