CCSU Faculty
Matthew G. Specter
Assistant Professor of History

Office: 208-003

Department of History
Social Sciences Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-2867
Fax: (860) 832-2804

Areas of Specialization: Intellectual and Cultural History, Modern Europe, Germany

Matthew Specter received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1991. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University in 1999 and 2005 respectively. He has held fellowships from the American Council on Germany, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Prior to his arrival at CCSU, he was Term Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at George Mason University.

His teaching interests include intellectual and cultural history, German history, the history of human rights and humanitarianism. His research focuses on traditions of political, legal and social theory in modern Europe and modern Germany, especially concerning the nature of liberal democracy and international world order. His first book, Habermas: An Intellectual Biography, analyzes how the Federal Republic of Germany's leading philosopher responded to the major political and intellectual challenges to democracy in the postwar period, and helped reshape its political culture. In 2011, he received the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees Norton Mezvinsky Research Award for CCSU. He was also named to the Honor Roll for the 2010-2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.

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