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Joshua DERMAN (杜哲士)  Ph.D. Princeton University, 2008
Associate Professor
Ext : 5869
Tel : 2358-5869
Email : hmderman
Room No : 3352
Full CV

Joshua Derman received his Ph.D. in modern European history from Princeton University, and his A.B. in philosophy from Harvard University. Prior to joining HKUST, he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Professor Derman's research focuses on modern German history, and, in particular, the international dimensions of German political and social thought. His book, Max Weber in Politics and Social Thought: From Charisma to Canonization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), is the first comprehensive history of Weber’s early impact in Germany and the United States.

His current research project, supported by a two-year grant from the General Research Fund of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, concerns the history of German international law and international thought. He has recently taught courses on European and world history, fascism and totalitarianism, and the social theory of capitalism.


Research Interests
Modern European history; history of political and social thought; world history


Representative Publications

“The Idea of Thalassocracy in Nazi Germany: Carl Schmitt and Ernst Wolgast on Sea Power in History,” in Thalassokratographie, ed. Hans Kopp (Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming).

“Max Weber,” in Liberal Moments: Reading Liberal Texts, ed. Alan S. Kahan and Ewa Atanassow (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), 123–30.

“Politics without Magic: Max Weber in Weimar Germany,” in The Anthem Companion to Weber, ed. Alan Sica (London: Anthem, 2016), 231–55.

"Beyond the Other Shore: German Intellectuals in the United States" [review essay], Modern Intellectual History 12, no.1 (2015): 235–52.

Max Weber in Politics and Social Thought: From Charisma to Canonization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, "Ideas in Context" Series, 2012).

“Max Weber and Charisma: A Transatlantic Affair,” New German Critique 113 (2011): 51–88.

“Carl Schmitt on Land and Sea,” History of European Ideas 37, no. 2 (2011): 181–89.

“Skepticism and Faith: Max Weber’s Anti-Utopianism in the Eyes of his Contemporaries,” Journal of the History of Ideas 71, no. 3 (2010): 481–503.